We’ve Spotted Some Secret Iraqi Spy Planes
On May 10, 2017, a ceremony took place at Al Muthana air base in Iraq in the presence of Iraqi air force commander Gen. Anwar Hamad Amin. In the background of photos taken that day, a De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter with an Iraqi flag on the tail... Read more
Mosul on My Mind
The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away — or so the Internet assures me. Although I’ve had a lifelong interest in history, I know next to nothing about Mosul’s, nor do I have more than a glancing sense of what it... Read more
The Hazards of Military Worship
More, more, more. I was guilty of it myself. Commanding a small cavalry troop of around 85 soldiers in southwest Kandahar Province back in 2011, I certainly wanted and requested more. More troopers, more Special Forces advisers, more Afghan police, more air support, more supplies, more money, more …... Read more
Mosul necesita 35.000 policías
Con el sonido de fondo de disparos de fusilería en la distancia, un instructor de la policía militar italiana, los Carabinieri, voltea con suma habilidad un fusil para demostrarles a los alumnos que tiene delante cómo se recarga de una forma rápida y eficaz. Los alumnos son miembros de... Read more
Iraq and Syria Team Up to Take on Islamic State
Syrian warplanes carried out a series of strikes on Islamic State targets in Raqqa and along the Syrian-Iraqi frontier earlier in April 2017. Intelligence gathering from a Russian-Iranian-Iraqi and Syrian coalition enabled the aircraft to locate their targets. Formed in September 2015, this coalition has command centers in both... Read more
America’s Emerging ‘Little Sparta’ in the Middle East
During his years fighting for Kurdish autonomy from Baghdad in the 1960s and mid-1970s, Kurdish leader Mustafa Barzani was adamant that his people trust no power other than the United States. In the 1970s his Peshmerga guerrilla forces received covert support from the Americans, Israelis and Iran’s Shah in... Read more
Pacifist Military Trainer: Kurdistan Should Be Like Israel
The future of Iraqi Kurdistan is in flux as the U.S.-led coalition pushes back Islamic State, ending an existential threat to the Kurdish region. Some fear a conflict with Baghdad over territory the Kurds seized during their offensive against ISIS. Others fear further clashes with the Shia militias operating... Read more
Turkey Eyes a Military Incursion Into Iraq
Turkey announced the official end of its Euphrates Shield incursion into Syria as March 2017 came to a close. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already suggested that future Turkish operations will “not a Syrian dimension, also an Iraqi dimension.” “There are the Tal Afar and... Read more
Two Days Inside the Battle for West Mosul
Inside an old hotel on the edge of West Mosul’s Old City, a Federal Police marksman takes aim with his rifle. A small circle of light beaming in from outside the room reflects off his PSL’s telescopic sight onto his eyeball. He concentrates, staring through a small crack between... Read more
In West Mosul, Iraqi Troops With Heavy Weapons Battle ISIS Snipers
The sky above West Mosul is dark and brooding. Heavy rain-laden clouds stretch as far as the eye can see, lending an oppressive air to an already dangerous city. At the entrance to a courtyard, the body of an Islamic State fighter covered in a large piece of red... Read more

Matt Cetti-Roberts

Photojournalist, documentary photographer and correspondent in Iraqi-Kurdistan

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