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Street battles in Mosul

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) take position during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) take position during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) take position during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer
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An injured man receives treatment by Iraqi special forces soldiers in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

An injured man receives treatment by Iraqi special forces soldiers in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

An injured man receives treatment by Iraqi special forces soldiers in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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An injured man receives treatment by Iraqi special forces soldiers in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

An injured man receives treatment by Iraqi special forces soldiers in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

An injured man receives treatment by Iraqi special forces soldiers in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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An Iraqi soldier holds an Islamist State flag, after pulling it down during a military operation against Islamic State militants in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

An Iraqi soldier holds an Islamist State flag, after pulling it down during a military operation against Islamic State militants in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

An Iraqi soldier holds an Islamist State flag, after pulling it down during a military operation against Islamic State militants in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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A member of Iraqi special forces carries an injured girl from clashes in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

A member of Iraqi special forces carries an injured girl from clashes in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

A member of Iraqi special forces carries an injured girl from clashes in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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An Iraqi Kurdish woman looks on while inspecting her belongings inside her damaged house after returning to it in the town of Bashiqa which was retaken by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

An Iraqi Kurdish woman looks on while inspecting her belongings inside her damaged house after returning to it in the town of Bashiqa which was retaken by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul....more

An Iraqi Kurdish woman looks on while inspecting her belongings inside her damaged house after returning to it in the town of Bashiqa which was retaken by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) walk with their weapons during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) walk with their weapons during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) walk with their weapons during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer
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An Iraqi couple stand atop the remains of their house after returning to it in the town of Bashiqa which was retaken by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

An Iraqi couple stand atop the remains of their house after returning to it in the town of Bashiqa which was retaken by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

An Iraqi couple stand atop the remains of their house after returning to it in the town of Bashiqa which was retaken by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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An Iraqi Kurdish man inspects his destroyed house after returning to it in the town of Bashiqa which was retaken by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

An Iraqi Kurdish man inspects his destroyed house after returning to it in the town of Bashiqa which was retaken by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

An Iraqi Kurdish man inspects his destroyed house after returning to it in the town of Bashiqa which was retaken by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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An Iraqi soldier uses his rifle to hold up a helmet as a decoy during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

An Iraqi soldier uses his rifle to hold up a helmet as a decoy during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

An Iraqi soldier uses his rifle to hold up a helmet as a decoy during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Iraqi soldiers drive tanks during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Iraqi soldiers drive tanks during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Iraqi soldiers drive tanks during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A woman holds up a white flag as she runs to greet her relative in Mosul. using civilians as human shields to bog down Iraqi forces. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A woman holds up a white flag as she runs to greet her relative in Mosul. using civilians as human shields to bog down Iraqi forces. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A woman holds up a white flag as she runs to greet her relative in Mosul. using civilians as human shields to bog down Iraqi forces. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Member of Iraqi special forces walks past mural with faces blotted out by Islamic State militants on the wall of a kindergarten in Mosul. 

REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Member of Iraqi special forces walks past mural with faces blotted out by Islamic State militants on the wall of a kindergarten in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Member of Iraqi special forces walks past mural with faces blotted out by Islamic State militants on the wall of a kindergarten in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Members of an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team talk to suspected Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Members of an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team talk to suspected Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Members of an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team talk to suspected Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Men sit on the ground as an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team check their ID cards as they search for Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Men sit on the ground as an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team check their ID cards as they search for Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Men sit on the ground as an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team check their ID cards as they search for Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A man walks towards an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team as they check men's ID cards in search of Islamic State fighters in Mosul. 

REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man walks towards an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team as they check men's ID cards in search of Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man walks towards an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team as they check men's ID cards in search of Islamic State fighters in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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An Iraqi soldier searches a house during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

An Iraqi soldier searches a house during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

An Iraqi soldier searches a house during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Military vehicles of the Iraqi army take part in an operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. 


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Military vehicles of the Iraqi army take part in an operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Military vehicles of the Iraqi army take part in an operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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A member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) walks during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. 

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A member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) walks during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) walks during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer
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An Iraqi soldier is pictured during an operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul.

REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

An Iraqi soldier is pictured during an operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

An Iraqi soldier is pictured during an operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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An Iraqi soldier fires a RPG during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

An Iraqi soldier fires a RPG during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

An Iraqi soldier fires a RPG during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Donkeys injured during clashes between Iraqi soldiers and Islamic State fighters lie on the ground in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Donkeys injured during clashes between Iraqi soldiers and Islamic State fighters lie on the ground in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Donkeys injured during clashes between Iraqi soldiers and Islamic State fighters lie on the ground in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Iraqi soldiers prepare to search a house damaged during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Iraqi soldiers prepare to search a house damaged during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Iraqi soldiers prepare to search a house damaged during clashes with Islamic State fighters in Al-Qasar, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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An Iraqi soldier takes cover during an operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. 

REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

An Iraqi soldier takes cover during an operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

An Iraqi soldier takes cover during an operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) carry weapons as they take up position during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) carry weapons as they take up position during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) carry weapons as they take up position during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer
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Smoke rises over the village of Al-Qasar during fighting between Iraqi soldiers and Islamic State fighters southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Smoke rises over the village of Al-Qasar during fighting between Iraqi soldiers and Islamic State fighters southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Smoke rises over the village of Al-Qasar during fighting between Iraqi soldiers and Islamic State fighters southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Displaced Iraqis leave their house in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Displaced Iraqis leave their house in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Displaced Iraqis leave their house in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) dance as they celebrate during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) dance as they celebrate during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) dance as they celebrate during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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A woman waves a white flag in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A woman waves a white flag in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A woman waves a white flag in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Children speak with a member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Children speak with a member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

Children speak with a member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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A member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) carries a weapon as he takes up position during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) carries a weapon as he takes up position during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) carries a weapon as he takes up position during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Stringer
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A member of an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team searches a house in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A member of an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team searches a house in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A member of an Iraqi Special forces intelligence team searches a house in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A masked Iraqi special forces soldier stands on top of a vehicle in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A masked Iraqi special forces soldier stands on top of a vehicle in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A masked Iraqi special forces soldier stands on top of a vehicle in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Iraqi soldiers take cover during operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Iraqi soldiers take cover during operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Iraqi soldiers take cover during operation against Islamic State militants in the frontline neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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A woman and children look from a window at Iraqi special forces soldiers in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A woman and children look from a window at Iraqi special forces soldiers in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A woman and children look from a window at Iraqi special forces soldiers in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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