11 Jul. 2017
A detained man, accused of being an Islamic State fighter, sits in front of newly-displaced men near a check point in Qayyara, east of Mosul, Iraq, October 26, 2016. Goran Tomasevic: "I was covering the early days of the Iraqi army offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State when I received a tip that Iraqi soldiers were trying to stop militants escaping by hiding themselves among fleeing civilians. I reached an area close to an army checkpoint in Qayyara, just east of Mosul where scores of men, women and children were sitting together in the desert sand, watched over by soldiers, awaiting transfer to buses and trucks bound for refugee camps. I noticed soldiers separating one man out from the group and starting to interrogate him. It was clear they suspected he was a militant but I couldn't find out more as there were no English speakers around. I tried to reel off some quick pictures at close range. But the soldiers got upset, blocking my camera and ordering me to leave the scene. I quickly retreated for my own safety but lingered inconspicuously nearby. About 10 minutes went by during which the man was pushed into a shallow pit dug into the desert to hold prisoners near the refugee group. By that point, I had circled quietly around to the opposite side of the pit and snapped the picture when the soldiers were not paying attention to me. I don't know what happened to the militant as I had to leave soon afterwards to cover developments in the fighting." REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/File photo SEARCH "MOSUL PICTURES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.