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On road to Mosul, Kurd doctors fear being overwhelmed

Kurdish doctors worry casualties will overwhelm field hospital operations as Iraqi peshmerga forces, seen marching near the town of Nawaran on October 20, 2016, fight to take back the nearby city of Mosul from the Islamic StateA Kurdish peshmerga fighter lies writhing in pain, his face swollen and spattered with blood from a car bomb blast, a favoured tactic of Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in the crosshairs of an offensive to recapture the city of Mosul. The peshmerga is hurriedly connected to a drip, covered with a blanket and whisked away in an ambulance. Casualty figures for the US-backed offensive launched last Monday by Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces are hard to come by, in an apparent effort not to damage morale.

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