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Second phase of Mosul offensive begins

Iraqi soldiers inspect a tunnel used by Islamic State militants during a battle with Islamic State, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Iraqi soldiers inspect a tunnel used by Islamic State militants during a battle with Islamic State, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Iraqi soldiers inspect a tunnel used by Islamic State militants during a battle with Islamic State, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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An Iraqi soldier is seen during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

An Iraqi soldier is seen during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

An Iraqi soldier is seen during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Civilians flee fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State fighters north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Civilians flee fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State fighters north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Civilians flee fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State fighters north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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An Iraqi soldier inspects weapons used by Islamic State militants during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

An Iraqi soldier inspects weapons used by Islamic State militants during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

An Iraqi soldier inspects weapons used by Islamic State militants during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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An Iraqi soldier takes a selfie with the body of Islamic State militant during a battle, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

An Iraqi soldier takes a selfie with the body of Islamic State militant during a battle, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

An Iraqi soldier takes a selfie with the body of Islamic State militant during a battle, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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An Iraqi woman, with her pet bird, escapes fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State fighters north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

An Iraqi woman, with her pet bird, escapes fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State fighters north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

An Iraqi woman, with her pet bird, escapes fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State fighters north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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An Iraqi air force helicopter fires missiles during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

An Iraqi air force helicopter fires missiles during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

An Iraqi air force helicopter fires missiles during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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An Iraqi soldier is seen during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

An Iraqi soldier is seen during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

An Iraqi soldier is seen during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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Iraqi soldiers gather during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Iraqi soldiers gather during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Iraqi soldiers gather during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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Members of Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militant positions in west of Mosul.

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Members of Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militant positions in west of Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militant positions in west of Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul.

REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul.

REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Iraqi army personnel fire toward Islamic State militants, north of Mosul.

REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Iraqi army personnel fire toward Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Iraqi army personnel fire toward Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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Iraqi army personnel check ammunition during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul.

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Iraqi army personnel check ammunition during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Iraqi army personnel check ammunition during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul.
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Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Iraqi army personnel fire toward Islamic State militants, during clashes north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Iraqi army personnel fire toward Islamic State militants, during clashes north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Iraqi army personnel fire toward Islamic State militants, during clashes north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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An Iraqi air force helicopter fires missiles during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

An Iraqi air force helicopter fires missiles during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

An Iraqi air force helicopter fires missiles during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Smoke rises from clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Smoke rises from clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Smoke rises from clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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