A soldier from the Iraqi Special Forces takes a selfie after the Aden district of Mosul was retaken from Isis on November 22nd, 2016 AFP/Getty Images

A new trend in frontline ‘victory selfies’ and videos make war more immediate than ever before, providing Iraqi civilians with live updates on the frontline action providing them with valuable information.

When the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants began last month, many were unnerved by the idea that the war was being live streamed through social networks.

The fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) may look strange broadcast via Facebook Live to those far away but for Iraqis close to the fighting, soldiers on the ground posting to social media is often beating traditional news sources as their first port of call for what’s happening and giving them tips which would give them advantage in order to stay alive during clashes.

Here are some selfies taken either by civilians or Iraqi soldiers in and around Mosul.