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Inside The Hunt For ISIS In Iraq

Hawre Khalid, a Kirkuk-based photographer, goes inside police raids as Iraqi authorities search for ISIS suspects in their city.

Posted on November 25, 2015, at 1:28 p.m. ET

Police in Kirkuk have been conducting raids across the city in the north of Iraq, as the region grapples with the growth of Isis. Hawre Kaid, a photographer based in Kirkuk, has been working on a long-term project to document these activities.

The raids by the police are often the result of tip offs from the community about suspicious persons, and are often followed up by interrogations and investigations by the police and legal authorities. Many of the suspects are released for lack of evidence. Others are allegedly executed on suspicion of terrorism. According to Amnesty International, “there were 61 executions in Iraq during 2014 of persons sentenced to death for terrorism related offenses, in most cases after unfair trials.”

An Iraqi police asks permission of two men to check their house and look for ISIS members inside in Kirkuk, July 21, 2015.
Hawre Khalid

An Iraqi police asks permission of two men to check their house and look for ISIS members inside in Kirkuk, July 21, 2015.

Scared kids look on after Iraqi police enter their house to search for ISIS members, Kirkuk, July 21, 2015.
Hawre Khalid

Scared kids look on after Iraqi police enter their house to search for ISIS members, Kirkuk, July 21, 2015.

Police find an ISIS suspect sleeping inside his housein Chardakhlo village, south of Kirkuk, Oct. 24, 2015.
Hawre Khalid

Police find an ISIS suspect sleeping inside his housein Chardakhlo village, south of Kirkuk, Oct. 24, 2015.

Iraqi police consider jumping into a house looking for an ISIS members in Wasity neighborhood, Kirkuk, July 21, 2015.
Hawre Khalid

Iraqi police consider jumping into a house looking for an ISIS members in Wasity neighborhood, Kirkuk, July 21, 2015.

Iraqi police inside a house looking for ISIS members in the middle of night in the city of Kirkuk, July 21, 2015.
Hawre Khalid

Iraqi police inside a house looking for ISIS members in the middle of night in the city of Kirkuk, July 21, 2015.

A family in their bedroom after police entered their house to looking for ISIS members in Chardakhlo village, south of Kirkuk, Oct, 24, 2015.
Hawre Khalid

A family in their bedroom after police entered their house to looking for ISIS members in Chardakhlo village, south of Kirkuk, Oct, 24, 2015.


A girl became nervous when Iraqi police entered her house to look for ISIS members in Chardkhlo village, south of Kirkuk, Sept. 29, 2015.
Hawre Khalid

A girl became nervous when Iraqi police entered her house to look for ISIS members in Chardkhlo village, south of Kirkuk, Sept. 29, 2015.

Kids are sleeping when police searching their bedroom to looking for documents of ISIS, Oct. 24, 2015 in Kirkuk, Iraq.
Hawre Khalid

Kids are sleeping when police searching their bedroom to looking for documents of ISIS, Oct. 24, 2015 in Kirkuk, Iraq.

Sarhad Qadir, the Police Directorate of Kirkuk, asks an ISIS suspect if he knows the ISIS fighter in the picture being shown as the suspect is held inside the police base in Kirkuk, Oct. 26, 2015.
Hawre Khalid

Sarhad Qadir, the Police Directorate of Kirkuk, asks an ISIS suspect if he knows the ISIS fighter in the picture being shown as the suspect is held inside the police base in Kirkuk, Oct. 26, 2015.

An ISIS suspect in hand cuffs at the police base after he was arrested during a raid in Chardakhlo village, south of Kirkuk, Oct. 25, 2015.
Hawre Khalid

An ISIS suspect in hand cuffs at the police base after he was arrested during a raid in Chardakhlo village, south of Kirkuk, Oct. 25, 2015.

An ISIS suspect arrested by Iraqi police during a patrol in the Chardkhlo village in south of Kirkuk, Sept. 29, 2015.
Hawre Khalid

An ISIS suspect arrested by Iraqi police during a patrol in the Chardkhlo village in south of Kirkuk, Sept. 29, 2015.

An Iraqi police car in the early morning on patrol to Mula Abdullah village looking for ISIS members, June 10, 2015.
Hawre Khalid

An Iraqi police car in the early morning on patrol to Mula Abdullah village looking for ISIS members, June 10, 2015.

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