Shelly Kittleson

Iraqi army vehicles and a helicopter deploy in the Anbar desert 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Haditha, Iraq, March 9, 2016.  (photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

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After Mosul, Iraq's western Anbar next up in IS fight

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

An Iraqi offensive against the Islamic State is likely to take place in the near future in the western Anbar province, with the city of Haditha being the gateway to the region.

Rebel groups weigh options in Syria's east

Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

Armed opposition groups from Syria's eastern province of Deir ez-Zor are working on how to retake their city from the Islamic State before the Syrian regime does without having to ally with Kurdish forces.

Iraqi forces keep up fight for strategic areas south of Mosul

Monday, Jul. 24, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

Despite its recent losses, the Islamic State was able to temporarily retake some liberated areas such as the village of Imam Gharbi, cutting the key highway between Qayyarah and Shirqat for weeks.

Distrust, dehydration rampant amid final Mosul battles

Monday, Jul. 10, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

As the liberation of Mosul moves ahead after several months of very slow progress, the Iraqi forces face new challenges in very hot weather conditions.

Remaining civilians flee booby-trapped, sniper-infested west Mosul

Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017 | Shelly Kittleson, Contributor

As Iraqi forces clear the recently liberated Zinjili neighborhood in western Mosul, the civilians who are finally leaving now find themselves caught in the crossfire.

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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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