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Darius Askari  Visual Architect, building stories from experiences (Bangkok based) // Currently focused on Mosul, Iraq

Federal Police, who hold the line after newly acquired territory is secured, advance to their location in a humvee.

Where is the line between duty and obligation; that minuscule divide between compliance and subtle force? Those were my thoughts as I watched these brave men work as one collective unit. Men who were far away from their homes and still embracing their circumstances, all the while hoping the condition of their country would improve.

The road to Mosul hasn't been an easy one. Not for the coalition forces and especially not for the innocent bystanders caught in the crosshairs, between extremism and liberation. This time I've returned to Iraq with the intention of staying put until the war ends.

This was a playful moment I witnessed at a temple in Tokyo. Blessed Nirvana Day to my fellow Buddhists.

Well over 100,000 IDPs have passed through Khazir Refugee Camp. Many of which are finally returning to their homes in the liberated eastern side of Mosul. A sign of great progress as the coalition and Iraqi forces prepare to retake the western half of the city.

Night ops with Al Hash'd al Shaabi. It's a common occurrence to exchange gunfire with the enemy enveloped in a veil of darkness, offering the ability to maneuver undetected.

I wanted to answer pressing and reoccurring questions in a creative way. Going forward I'll choose a question or two and reply in this format. || #onassignmentwithaskari

The People's Mobilization Forces (PMF), also known as Hashd Al-Sha'abi is an Iraqi state-sponsored umbrella organization comprised of roughly 40 militias, which are mainly Shia Muslim groups.
Here they're mounting an assault launching mortars at the enemy.

Members of the Shia militia known as Al-Hashd al Sha'abi rescuing refugees who fled ISIS in Shirqat, Iraq.

A sheppard stands beside his son gazing at the burning oil fields of Al Qayyarah. ISIS frequently sends suicide bombers to detonate explosives and bury IEDs at oil wells to cause chaos and destruction.

Sleeping space is a rare commodity in Quezon City Jail. A facility originally built to house 800 inmates now busting at the seems as it pushes close to 4000 incarcerated persons.

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