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Battleground Mosul

Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militants during a battle in Al-Hatra, southwest Mosul, Iraq April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militants during a battle in Al-Hatra, southwest Mosul, Iraq April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militants during a battle in Al-Hatra, southwest Mosul, Iraq April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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A vehicle that belonged to Islamic State militants is seen on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra near Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

A vehicle that belonged to Islamic State militants is seen on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra near Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

A vehicle that belonged to Islamic State militants is seen on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra near Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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Cartoon characters defaced by Islamic State militants are seen at a children's hospital, in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Cartoon characters defaced by Islamic State militants are seen at a children's hospital, in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Cartoon characters defaced by Islamic State militants are seen at a children's hospital, in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A member of the Iraqi Federal Police walks inside a house as Iraqi forces clash with the Islamic State fighters in western Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A member of the Iraqi Federal Police walks inside a house as Iraqi forces clash with the Islamic State fighters in western Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A member of the Iraqi Federal Police walks inside a house as Iraqi forces clash with the Islamic State fighters in western Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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A member of the Iraqi Federal Police looks through binoculars as he guards in front of Saddam mosque east of east of Mosul, Iraq April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A member of the Iraqi Federal Police looks through binoculars as he guards in front of Saddam mosque east of east of Mosul, Iraq April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A member of the Iraqi Federal Police looks through binoculars as he guards in front of Saddam mosque east of east of Mosul, Iraq April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Iraqi paramilitary troops inspect a vehicle used for suicide car bombings, made by Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra near Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi paramilitary troops inspect a vehicle used for suicide car bombings, made by Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra near Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi paramilitary troops inspect a vehicle used for suicide car bombings, made by Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra near Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi paramilitary troops fire towards Islamic State militants during a battle on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra, south of Mosul, Iraq April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi paramilitary troops fire towards Islamic State militants during a battle on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra, south of Mosul, Iraq April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi paramilitary troops fire towards Islamic State militants during a battle on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra, south of Mosul, Iraq April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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People and traffic are reflected on a damaged building of University of Mosul, which was destroyed during fighting in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

People and traffic are reflected on a damaged building of University of Mosul, which was destroyed during fighting in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

People and traffic are reflected on a damaged building of University of Mosul, which was destroyed during fighting in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Iraqi children get a blood transfusion in a thalassemia ward at a children's hospital, in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Iraqi children get a blood transfusion in a thalassemia ward at a children's hospital, in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Iraqi children get a blood transfusion in a thalassemia ward at a children's hospital, in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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An Iraqi girl is held by her mother as she gets treatment at a children's hospital, in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

An Iraqi girl is held by her mother as she gets treatment at a children's hospital, in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

An Iraqi girl is held by her mother as she gets treatment at a children's hospital, in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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An Iraqi works at a car repair shop east of Mosul, Iraq April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

An Iraqi works at a car repair shop east of Mosul, Iraq April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

An Iraqi works at a car repair shop east of Mosul, Iraq April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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An Iraqi technician works on an electricity pole damaged during fighting in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

An Iraqi technician works on an electricity pole damaged during fighting in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

An Iraqi technician works on an electricity pole damaged during fighting in eastern Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Burned cars used as a barricade against car bombs are seen at a frontline position in western Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Marius Bosch

Burned cars used as a barricade against car bombs are seen at a frontline position in western Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Marius Bosch

Burned cars used as a barricade against car bombs are seen at a frontline position in western Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Marius Bosch
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A member of the Iraqi Federal Police walks through a damaged building as Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State fighters in western Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A member of the Iraqi Federal Police walks through a damaged building as Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State fighters in western Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A member of the Iraqi Federal Police walks through a damaged building as Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State fighters in western Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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A member of the Iraqi Federal Police poses in western Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A member of the Iraqi Federal Police poses in western Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A member of the Iraqi Federal Police poses in western Mosul, Iraq April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Displaced Iraqis who had fled their homes are seen at Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Displaced Iraqis who had fled their homes are seen at Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Displaced Iraqis who had fled their homes are seen at Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A displaced Iraqi girl climbs a fence to get inside Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A displaced Iraqi girl climbs a fence to get inside Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A displaced Iraqi girl climbs a fence to get inside Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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An Iraqi man sells food at a roadside stall outside Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

An Iraqi man sells food at a roadside stall outside Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

An Iraqi man sells food at a roadside stall outside Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A displaced Iraqi girl carries a mattress at Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A displaced Iraqi girl carries a mattress at Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A displaced Iraqi girl carries a mattress at Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A displaced boy who had fled his home waits outside Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

A displaced boy who had fled his home waits outside Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

A displaced boy who had fled his home waits outside Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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