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Retaking Bashiqa from Islamic State

Priests hold the first mass at the mart shmoni Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Priests hold the first mass at the mart shmoni Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Priests hold the first mass at the mart shmoni Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Smoke rises during clashes in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Smoke rises during clashes in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Smoke rises during clashes in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Peshmerga forces walk with their weapons in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Peshmerga forces walk with their weapons in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Peshmerga forces walk with their weapons in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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A member of Peshmerga forces walks through a hole in the wall in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A member of Peshmerga forces walks through a hole in the wall in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A member of Peshmerga forces walks through a hole in the wall in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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A member of Peshmerga forces inspects the Mart Shmoni Church, near an explosive belt belonging to Islamic State militants, since it was recaptured from Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A member of Peshmerga forces inspects the Mart Shmoni Church, near an explosive belt belonging to Islamic State militants, since it was recaptured from Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A member of Peshmerga forces inspects the Mart Shmoni Church, near an explosive belt belonging to Islamic State militants, since it was recaptured from Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Peshmerga forces take cover in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Peshmerga forces take cover in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Peshmerga forces take cover in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Houses are seen through a glass window of a military vehicle in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Houses are seen through a glass window of a military vehicle in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Houses are seen through a glass window of a military vehicle in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Priests with Peshmerga forces inspect the Mart Shmoni Church since it was recaptured from the Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Priests with Peshmerga forces inspect the Mart Shmoni Church since it was recaptured from the Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Priests with Peshmerga forces inspect the Mart Shmoni Church since it was recaptured from the Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Damage is seen in the Mart Shmoni Church after it was recaptured from the Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Damage is seen in the Mart Shmoni Church after it was recaptured from the Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Damage is seen in the Mart Shmoni Church after it was recaptured from the Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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A member of Peshmerga forces pray in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A member of Peshmerga forces pray in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A member of Peshmerga forces pray in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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A member of Peshmerga forces stands outside the Mart Shmoni Church since it was recaptured from the Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A member of Peshmerga forces stands outside the Mart Shmoni Church since it was recaptured from the Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A member of Peshmerga forces stands outside the Mart Shmoni Church since it was recaptured from the Islamic State in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Damaged homes due to clashes are seen through a glass window of a military vehicle in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Damaged homes due to clashes are seen through a glass window of a military vehicle in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Damaged homes due to clashes are seen through a glass window of a military vehicle in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Military vehicles of Peshmerga forces drive in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Military vehicles of Peshmerga forces drive in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Military vehicles of Peshmerga forces drive in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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A member of Peshmerga forces stands on a building in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A member of Peshmerga forces stands on a building in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A member of Peshmerga forces stands on a building in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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