This story appeared in the October issue of VICE magazine.
In August, Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish forces known as Peshmerga began advancing toward Mosul, Iraq, where ISIS has held control for the past two years. ISIS-occupied towns line the route there. Near the village of Hawija, Peshmerga fighters encounter a refugee fleeing the conflict. Before allowing him to pass, he lifts his salwar kameez to show that he is not wearing an explosive vest beneath it.