Life and death at a front-line Iraqi army field clinic

Doctors had been bracing for an influx of collateral damage ever since Iraqi troops entered Mosul, part of a nearly month-old campaign to take back Iraq’s second largest city from Islamic State. On two recent days, 63 patients arrived, along with five dead soldiers. The carnage tried the clinic’s five staff members and even the veteran doctors. And for the three doctors, there was a growing awareness that the enemy could be coming in the door on a field stretcher.

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