Shelly Kittleson


A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces takes cover during clashes with Islamic State fighters in the northwest of Mosul, Iraq, May 9, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

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Southern front lines stalled for weeks in west Mosul

Sunday, May. 14, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

Car bomb attacks have diminished as Iraqi forces are narrowing in on the remaining areas under Islamic State control in the city, but suicide bombers and snipers continue to claim victims among Iraqi forces holding defensive positions.

Why liberating Mosul won't lead to the end of IS

Wednesday, May. 10, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

Due to the wide remote area between Iraq and Syria, retaking Mosul will not mean an end to the Islamic State.

Chemical attacks and narrow streets complicate fight for Mosul’s Old City

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

The fight against the Islamic State in western Mosul has reached the level of door-to-door fighting, with many challenges and dangers regarding the safety of civilians and the use of chemical weapons by IS.

Syrian rebel group just trying to get home

Friday, Apr. 21, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

Jaish Usud al-Sharqiya, an internationally backed armed opposition group active in southern Syria, has made significant gains recently against the Islamic State in the south, but they eventually want to return to Deir ez-Zor.

While thousands flee west Mosul, some Iraqi families vow to hang on

Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

Despite the dangerous situation in Mosul, many residents are choosing to stay in their homes as the fighting to retake the rest of the city continues.

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Shelly Kittleson is a journalist specializing in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Her work has been published in several international, US and Italian media outlets.

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