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Iraqi forces push into Mosul

Iraqi army launch a rocket towards Islamic State militants during a battle with Islamic State militants near Ghozlani military complex, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraqi army launch a rocket towards Islamic State militants during a battle with Islamic State militants near Ghozlani military complex, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraqi army launch a rocket towards Islamic State militants during a battle with Islamic State militants near Ghozlani military complex, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Smoke rises from a sugar factory as Iraqi security forces sniper aims his weapon towards Mosul's airport during a battle with Islamic State's militants south west Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Smoke rises from a sugar factory as Iraqi security forces sniper aims his weapon towards Mosul's airport during a battle with Islamic State's militants south west Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Smoke rises from a sugar factory as Iraqi security forces sniper aims his weapon towards Mosul's airport during a battle with Islamic State's militants south west Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service members help a wounded civilian fwho fled the violence in the district of Maamoun in western Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service members help a wounded civilian fwho fled the violence in the district of Maamoun in western Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service members help a wounded civilian fwho fled the violence in the district of Maamoun in western Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Iraqi security forces drive past a destroyed Mosul's airport building after driving out Islamic State's militants south west Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Iraqi security forces drive past a destroyed Mosul's airport building after driving out Islamic State's militants south west Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Iraqi security forces drive past a destroyed Mosul's airport building after driving out Islamic State's militants south west Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Counter-terrorism service troops advance towards Ghozlani military complex, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Counter-terrorism service troops advance towards Ghozlani military complex, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Counter-terrorism service troops advance towards Ghozlani military complex, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Iraqi flag is seen as smoke rises during a battle with islamic state's militants to capture Mosul's airport south west Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Iraqi flag is seen as smoke rises during a battle with islamic state's militants to capture Mosul's airport south west Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Iraqi flag is seen as smoke rises during a battle with islamic state's militants to capture Mosul's airport south west Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Federal police members pose with an Islamic State flag along a street of Albu Saif which was recaptured from Islamic State, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Federal police members pose with an Islamic State flag along a street of Albu Saif which was recaptured from Islamic State, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Federal police members pose with an Islamic State flag along a street of Albu Saif which was recaptured from Islamic State, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Displaced Iraqis flee their homes during a battle with Islamic State militants in the district of Maamoun in western Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Displaced Iraqis flee their homes during a battle with Islamic State militants in the district of Maamoun in western Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Displaced Iraqis flee their homes during a battle with Islamic State militants in the district of Maamoun in western Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Members of the Iraqi rapid response forces fire a missile toward Islamic State militants during a battle in the south of Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Iraqi rapid response forces fire a missile toward Islamic State militants during a battle in the south of Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Members of the Iraqi rapid response forces fire a missile toward Islamic State militants during a battle in the south of Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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An Iraqi air force helicopter fires missiles during a battle with Islamic State militants, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

An Iraqi air force helicopter fires missiles during a battle with Islamic State militants, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

An Iraqi air force helicopter fires missiles during a battle with Islamic State militants, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Members of Iraqi security forces look at the body of an Islamic State militant during clashes, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Members of Iraqi security forces look at the body of an Islamic State militant during clashes, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Members of Iraqi security forces look at the body of an Islamic State militant during clashes, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Iraqi rapid response forces advancing towards south of Mosul are seen through a shattered glass window of a military vehicle. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraqi rapid response forces advancing towards south of Mosul are seen through a shattered glass window of a military vehicle. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraqi rapid response forces advancing towards south of Mosul are seen through a shattered glass window of a military vehicle. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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A member of the Iraq's Federal Police forces shaves at village of Albu Saif, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

A member of the Iraq's Federal Police forces shaves at village of Albu Saif, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

A member of the Iraq's Federal Police forces shaves at village of Albu Saif, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Smoke rises next to a position held by the Iraqi rapid response forces during a battle against Islamic State militants in the south of Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Smoke rises next to a position held by the Iraqi rapid response forces during a battle against Islamic State militants in the south of Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Smoke rises next to a position held by the Iraqi rapid response forces during a battle against Islamic State militants in the south of Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A sniper from Iraq's Federal Police force takes aim at Islamic State positions from the roof of a house on the frontline in Albu Saif, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

A sniper from Iraq's Federal Police force takes aim at Islamic State positions from the roof of a house on the frontline in Albu Saif, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

A sniper from Iraq's Federal Police force takes aim at Islamic State positions from the roof of a house on the frontline in Albu Saif, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Federal police members stand inside a room where they said Islamic State sniper was hiding at a liberated part of Albu Saif village south of Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Federal police members stand inside a room where they said Islamic State sniper was hiding at a liberated part of Albu Saif village south of Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Federal police members stand inside a room where they said Islamic State sniper was hiding at a liberated part of Albu Saif village south of Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Iraqi security forces search men before checking their ID cards in a search for Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Iraqi security forces search men before checking their ID cards in a search for Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Iraqi security forces search men before checking their ID cards in a search for Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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Men sit in a classroom inside a school used by Iraqi security forces to check residents' ID cards in a search for Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Men sit in a classroom inside a school used by Iraqi security forces to check residents' ID cards in a search for Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Men sit in a classroom inside a school used by Iraqi security forces to check residents' ID cards in a search for Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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Sunni Arab fighters carries pots that are being made into improvised explosive devices to demolish homes belonging to Islamic State militants, in Rfaila village in the south of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Sunni Arab fighters carries pots that are being made into improvised explosive devices to demolish homes belonging to Islamic State militants, in Rfaila village in the south of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Sunni Arab fighters carries pots that are being made into improvised explosive devices to demolish homes belonging to Islamic State militants, in Rfaila village in the south of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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Members of the Iraqi rapid response forces gather during a battle with Islamic State militants in south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Members of the Iraqi rapid response forces gather during a battle with Islamic State militants in south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Members of the Iraqi rapid response forces gather during a battle with Islamic State militants in south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Smoke rises after an explosion of an IED planted by Islamic States fighters in south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Smoke rises after an explosion of an IED planted by Islamic States fighters in south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Smoke rises after an explosion of an IED planted by Islamic States fighters in south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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A member of the Iraq's Federal Police forces takes part during a battle with Islamic State militants in village of Albu Saif, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

A member of the Iraq's Federal Police forces takes part during a battle with Islamic State militants in village of Albu Saif, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

A member of the Iraq's Federal Police forces takes part during a battle with Islamic State militants in village of Albu Saif, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Sunni Arab fighters gather at a house, which belonged to an Iraqi soldier and was destroyed by Islamic State militants, in Rfaila village in the south of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Sunni Arab fighters gather at a house, which belonged to an Iraqi soldier and was destroyed by Islamic State militants, in Rfaila village in the south of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Sunni Arab fighters gather at a house, which belonged to an Iraqi soldier and was destroyed by Islamic State militants, in Rfaila village in the south of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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Iraqi security forces' members are pictured in the liberated part of Albu Saif village south of Mosul. REUTERS REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Iraqi security forces' members are pictured in the liberated part of Albu Saif village south of Mosul. REUTERS REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Iraqi security forces' members are pictured in the liberated part of Albu Saif village south of Mosul. REUTERS REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Iraq's Rapid Response forces peer down a tunnel dug by Islamic State militants in a house in Albu Saif, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraq's Rapid Response forces peer down a tunnel dug by Islamic State militants in a house in Albu Saif, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraq's Rapid Response forces peer down a tunnel dug by Islamic State militants in a house in Albu Saif, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Iraqi rapid response forces advance towards south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraqi rapid response forces advance towards south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraqi rapid response forces advance towards south of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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