Shelly Kittleson


A gas mask sits atop ammunition boxes at a federal police front-line position against the Islamic State in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, April 15, 2017. (photo by Shelly Kittleson)

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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.

Iraqi federal police forces take on key role in west Mosul

Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

Federal police forces are playing a crucial role in the liberation of Mosul, which will give them an opportunity to maintain security in the city after completing the liberation.

Iraq's 'Awakening' vets cautious about post-IS period

Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

Iraq's Sunni tribal fighters fear they will be isolated from Iraqi society after the elimination of the Islamic State.

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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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