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Americans in Mosul

A member of the U.S. Air Force smokes at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A member of the U.S. Air Force smokes at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A member of the U.S. Air Force smokes at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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U.S army soldiers exercise at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

U.S army soldiers exercise at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

U.S army soldiers exercise at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Matthew Isler speaks with Reuters at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Matthew Isler speaks with Reuters at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Matthew Isler speaks with Reuters at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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U.S. army forces participate in combat training in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

U.S. army forces participate in combat training in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

U.S. army forces participate in combat training in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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U.S. Special Operations Forces members inspect a drone used by Islamic State militants to drop explosives on Iraqi forces, in Mosul. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

U.S. Special Operations Forces members inspect a drone used by Islamic State militants to drop explosives on Iraqi forces, in Mosul. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

U.S. Special Operations Forces members inspect a drone used by Islamic State militants to drop explosives on Iraqi forces, in Mosul. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division clean the barrel of artillery at a military base north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division clean the barrel of artillery at a military base north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division clean the barrel of artillery at a military base north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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A member of the U.S. army forces participates in combat training in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A member of the U.S. army forces participates in combat training in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A member of the U.S. army forces participates in combat training in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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U.S. army forces sit in a operation room with Iraqi army forces at the U.S. section of a base for Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces in Makhmour, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

U.S. army forces sit in a operation room with Iraqi army forces at the U.S. section of a base for Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces in Makhmour, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

U.S. army forces sit in a operation room with Iraqi army forces at the U.S. section of a base for Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces in Makhmour, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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U.S. soldiers gather near military vehicles at an army base in Karamless town, east of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

U.S. soldiers gather near military vehicles at an army base in Karamless town, east of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

U.S. soldiers gather near military vehicles at an army base in Karamless town, east of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division play poker at a military base north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division play poker at a military base north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division play poker at a military base north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division train at a makeshift gym at a military base north of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division train at a makeshift gym at a military base north of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division train at a makeshift gym at a military base north of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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U.S army soldiers walk at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

U.S army soldiers walk at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

U.S army soldiers walk at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division gather around an artillery at a military base north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division gather around an artillery at a military base north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division gather around an artillery at a military base north of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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A U.S. soldier stands near a military vehicle at an army base in Karamless town, east of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A U.S. soldier stands near a military vehicle at an army base in Karamless town, east of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A U.S. soldier stands near a military vehicle at an army base in Karamless town, east of Mosul. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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U.S. soldiers gather at a military base north of Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Al-Ramahi

U.S. soldiers gather at a military base north of Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Al-Ramahi

U.S. soldiers gather at a military base north of Mosul. REUTERS/Mohammed Al-Ramahi
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A member of the U.S. army forces takes position at the U.S. section of a base for Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces in Makhmour, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

A member of the U.S. army forces takes position at the U.S. section of a base for Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces in Makhmour, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

A member of the U.S. army forces takes position at the U.S. section of a base for Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces in Makhmour, southeast of Mosul. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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U.S. soldiers talk with their families on Thanksgiving Day inside the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

U.S. soldiers talk with their families on Thanksgiving Day inside the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

U.S. soldiers talk with their families on Thanksgiving Day inside the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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A U.S. soldier looks at weapons and ammunition belonging to Islamic State militants in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A U.S. soldier looks at weapons and ammunition belonging to Islamic State militants in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A U.S. soldier looks at weapons and ammunition belonging to Islamic State militants in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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U.S. soldiers play a game of football on Thanksgiving Day inside the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

U.S. soldiers play a game of football on Thanksgiving Day inside the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

U.S. soldiers play a game of football on Thanksgiving Day inside the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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U.S. army forces stand during training in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

U.S. army forces stand during training in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

U.S. army forces stand during training in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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