Licensed to London News Pictures. 20/10/2016. Iraqi youths play football between billowing smoke rising from burning oil wells, that have been on fire for around two months, in a residential area in the town of Qayyarah, Iraq. The oil wells, located in a neighbourhood on the edge of the town, were set alight in July by retreating Islamic State militants as part of a scorched earth policy.
Since being retaken from the Islamic State the town of Qayyarah has become an important staging post for the Iraqi Army, and some US support elements, in the buildup to the Mosul offensive. Photo credit: Matt Cetti-Roberts/LNP
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