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Iraqi Oil Fires

Mosul District, Iraq

Story by UrtheCast Gallery October 20th, 2016

Smoke from oil fires billows across Iraq’s Mosul District in this dramatic imagery captured on Oct. 18 by UrtheCast’s Deimos-2 satellite, and shown here in RGB and near infrared formats.

The cascading smoke covers part of Qayyarah, a city located about 35 miles south of the city of Mosul, along the west bank of the Tigris River. Mosul is the last stronghold of the extremist group ISIS in Iraq — and it’s here, in Qayyarah, where people flee from Mosul, and where military forces are staged.

Also visible below is a destroyed bridge that once crossed the Tigris River.