Six months into the Mosul offensive, thousands of civilians are still fleeing the city, with a recent surge of up to 15,000 a day passing through Hamam Alil. That has raised the stakes of security screenings, which need to proceed quickly to avoid a bottleneck but also sensitively to prevent displaced Sunni Muslims from becoming alienated from the central government — dominated by rival Shiites — and at the same time stop militants from infiltrating displaced persons camps.
New arrivals are checked for weapons as part of the screening process at a displaced persons camp in Hammam Alil, Iraq.
Men arriving at the Hammam Alil camp must hand over their identifications to security for checking.
Warthiq Qarby collapses upon arrival March 23 at the screening procedure at the camp for displaced persons in Hammam Alil, Nineveh province. Qarby had not eaten in two days.
A man suspected of being an ISIS member is interrogated in a holding room at the Hammam Alil camp before being sent to another facility for further questioning.
Civilians are screened at the Hammam Alil camp.
National Security Service members stand guard March 23 outside the camp at Hammam Alil.
Civilians fleeing Mosul try to push their way onto a bus headed for another displaced persons camp March 23 outside Hammam Alil, Nineveh province.
Men wait silently for their names to be called by members of Community Policing, a part of the Iraqi government, screening incoming civilians in case Islamic State members are hiding among them at the displaced persons camp in Hammam Alil.
A suspected Islamic State member is held at the Hammam Alil camp before being sent away for further questioning.