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Battle for Mosul, from the beginning

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks over as he stands on the top of a humvee in front of an Islamic State militants' position outside the town of Naweran near Mosul, October 2016. 


REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks over as he stands on the top of a humvee in front of an Islamic State militants' position outside the town of Naweran near Mosul, October 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks over as he stands on the top of a humvee in front of an Islamic State militants' position outside the town of Naweran near Mosul, October 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Newly displaced people wait to receive food supplies at a processing center for displaced people In Qayyara, south of Mosul, October 2016. 


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Newly displaced people wait to receive food supplies at a processing center for displaced people In Qayyara, south of Mosul, October 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Newly displaced people wait to receive food supplies at a processing center for displaced people In Qayyara, south of Mosul, October 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Smoke rises at Islamic State militants' positions in the town of Naweran, near Mosul, October 2016. 


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Smoke rises at Islamic State militants' positions in the town of Naweran, near Mosul, October 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Smoke rises at Islamic State militants' positions in the town of Naweran, near Mosul, October 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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An Iraqi soldier stands next to a detained man accused of being an Islamic State fighter at a check point in Qayyara, south of Mosul, October 2016. 

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An Iraqi soldier stands next to a detained man accused of being an Islamic State fighter at a check point in Qayyara, south of Mosul, October 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An Iraqi soldier stands next to a detained man accused of being an Islamic State fighter at a check point in Qayyara, south of Mosul, October 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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An Iraqi father (L) mourns the death of his son, who was killed during clashes in the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, in al-Samah neighborhood, December 2016. 

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An Iraqi father (L) mourns the death of his son, who was killed during clashes in the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, in al-Samah neighborhood, December 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

An Iraqi father (L) mourns the death of his son, who was killed during clashes in the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, in al-Samah neighborhood, December 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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People run in panic after a coalition airstrike hit Islamic State fighters positions in Mosul, November 2016. 


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People run in panic after a coalition airstrike hit Islamic State fighters positions in Mosul, November 2016. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

People run in panic after a coalition airstrike hit Islamic State fighters positions in Mosul, November 2016. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A member of Iraqi rapid response forces holds a flower during battle with Islamic State militants in the Mithaq district of eastern Mosul, January 2017. 


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A member of Iraqi rapid response forces holds a flower during battle with Islamic State militants in the Mithaq district of eastern Mosul, January 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A member of Iraqi rapid response forces holds a flower during battle with Islamic State militants in the Mithaq district of eastern Mosul, January 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Displaced people, who fled Islamic State militants, cross the bridge in Al-Muthanna neighborhood of Mosul, January 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Displaced people, who fled Islamic State militants, cross the bridge in Al-Muthanna neighborhood of Mosul, January 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Displaced people, who fled Islamic State militants, cross the bridge in Al-Muthanna neighborhood of Mosul, January 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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American army personnel gather at the University of Mosul during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul, January 2017. 

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American army personnel gather at the University of Mosul during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul, January 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

American army personnel gather at the University of Mosul during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul, January 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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A displaced Iraqi boy holds a white flag as his family flees during the battle between Iraqi rapid response forces and Islamic State militants at Tigris river frontline between east and west of Mosul, January 25, 2017. 


REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A displaced Iraqi boy holds a white flag as his family flees during the battle between Iraqi rapid response forces and Islamic State militants at Tigris river frontline between east and west of Mosul, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A displaced Iraqi boy holds a white flag as his family flees during the battle between Iraqi rapid response forces and Islamic State militants at Tigris river frontline between east and west of Mosul, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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An Iraqi Special Forces soldier moves through a hole as he searches for Islamic State fighters in Mosul, February 2017.

REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

An Iraqi Special Forces soldier moves through a hole as he searches for Islamic State fighters in Mosul, February 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

An Iraqi Special Forces soldier moves through a hole as he searches for Islamic State fighters in Mosul, February 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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People who are trying to escape from Mosul walk in front of an Islamic State fighter, February 2017. 


REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

People who are trying to escape from Mosul walk in front of an Islamic State fighter, February 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

People who are trying to escape from Mosul walk in front of an Islamic State fighter, February 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A woman gestures as she approaches Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, March 2017.

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A woman gestures as she approaches Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A woman gestures as she approaches Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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An Iraqi special forces soldier fires at a drone operated by Islamic State militants Islamic State militants in Mosul, March 2017. 


REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

An Iraqi special forces soldier fires at a drone operated by Islamic State militants Islamic State militants in Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

An Iraqi special forces soldier fires at a drone operated by Islamic State militants Islamic State militants in Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Islamic State slogans painted along the walls of the tunnel was used by Islamic State militants as an underground training camp in the hillside overlooking Mosul, March  2017.

 REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Islamic State slogans painted along the walls of the tunnel was used by Islamic State militants as an underground training camp in the hillside overlooking Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Islamic State slogans painted along the walls of the tunnel was used by Islamic State militants as an underground training camp in the hillside overlooking Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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A man cries as he carries his daughter while walking from an Islamic State-controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, March 2017. 


REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man cries as he carries his daughter while walking from an Islamic State-controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man cries as he carries his daughter while walking from an Islamic State-controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A displaced Iraqi woman reacts as she waits in a street for a truck to carry her to a safe place, as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, in western Mosul, March 2017. 


REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A displaced Iraqi woman reacts as she waits in a street for a truck to carry her to a safe place, as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, in western Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A displaced Iraqi woman reacts as she waits in a street for a truck to carry her to a safe place, as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, in western Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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A displaced Iraqi girl cries before entering Hamam al-Alil camp, as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, south of Mosul, March 2017. 


REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A displaced Iraqi girl cries before entering Hamam al-Alil camp, as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, south of Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A displaced Iraqi girl cries before entering Hamam al-Alil camp, as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, south of Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Iraqi rapid response members fire a missile against Islamic State militants during a battle with the militants in Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraqi rapid response members fire a missile against Islamic State militants during a battle with the militants in Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraqi rapid response members fire a missile against Islamic State militants during a battle with the militants in Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Smoke rises from clashes near Mosul's Al-Habda minaret at the Grand Mosque, where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate back in 2014, as Iraqi forces battle to drive out Islamic state militants from the western part of Mosul, March 2017. 


REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Smoke rises from clashes near Mosul's Al-Habda minaret at the Grand Mosque, where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate back in 2014, as Iraqi forces battle to drive out Islamic state militants from the western part of...more

Smoke rises from clashes near Mosul's Al-Habda minaret at the Grand Mosque, where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate back in 2014, as Iraqi forces battle to drive out Islamic state militants from the western part of Mosul, March 2017. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
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People walk in front of the remains of the University of Mosul, which was burned and destroyed during a battle with Islamic State militants, in Mosul, April 2017. 

REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People walk in front of the remains of the University of Mosul, which was burned and destroyed during a battle with Islamic State militants, in Mosul, April 2017. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People walk in front of the remains of the University of Mosul, which was burned and destroyed during a battle with Islamic State militants, in Mosul, April 2017. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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Ameen Mukdad, a violinist from Mosul who lived under ISIS's rule for two and a half years where they destroyed his musical instruments, performs at Nabi Yunus shrine in eastern Mosul, April 2017. 


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Ameen Mukdad, a violinist from Mosul who lived under ISIS's rule for two and a half years where they destroyed his musical instruments, performs at Nabi Yunus shrine in eastern Mosul, April 2017. REUTERS/ Muhammad Hamed

Ameen Mukdad, a violinist from Mosul who lived under ISIS's rule for two and a half years where they destroyed his musical instruments, performs at Nabi Yunus shrine in eastern Mosul, April 2017. REUTERS/ Muhammad Hamed
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A destroyed room inside an abandoned building is seen in western Mosul, April 2017. 


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A destroyed room inside an abandoned building is seen in western Mosul, April 2017. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A destroyed room inside an abandoned building is seen in western Mosul, April 2017. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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Cartoon characters defaced by Islamic State militants are seen at a children's hospital, in eastern Mosul, April 2017. 


REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Cartoon characters defaced by Islamic State militants are seen at a children's hospital, in eastern Mosul, April 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Cartoon characters defaced by Islamic State militants are seen at a children's hospital, in eastern Mosul, April 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A members of the Iraqi Federal Police throws a hand grenade during clashes with the Islamic State fighters in western Mosul, April 2017. 


REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A members of the Iraqi Federal Police throws a hand grenade during clashes with the Islamic State fighters in western Mosul, April 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A members of the Iraqi Federal Police throws a hand grenade during clashes with the Islamic State fighters in western Mosul, April 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Displaced Iraqis from Mosul wait to cross the Tigris by boat after the bridge has been temporarily closed, at the village of Thibaniya, south of Mosul, May 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Displaced Iraqis from Mosul wait to cross the Tigris by boat after the bridge has been temporarily closed, at the village of Thibaniya, south of Mosul, May 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Displaced Iraqis from Mosul wait to cross the Tigris by boat after the bridge has been temporarily closed, at the village of Thibaniya, south of Mosul, May 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Members of Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service forces look at the positions of Islamic State militants during clashes in western Mosul, May 2017. 


REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Members of Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service forces look at the positions of Islamic State militants during clashes in western Mosul, May 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Members of Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service forces look at the positions of Islamic State militants during clashes in western Mosul, May 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A view of a part of western Mosul, May 2017. 


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A view of a part of western Mosul, May 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A view of a part of western Mosul, May 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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The shadow of a member of the Iraqi Army's 9th Armoured Division is seen as he opens a steel gate to a room used as a cell for men, inside a compound used as a prison by Islamic State militants in July 17 district, in western Mosul, June 2017.


REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

The shadow of a member of the Iraqi Army's 9th Armoured Division is seen as he opens a steel gate to a room used as a cell for men, inside a compound used as a prison by Islamic State militants in July 17 district, in western Mosul, June...more

The shadow of a member of the Iraqi Army's 9th Armoured Division is seen as he opens a steel gate to a room used as a cell for men, inside a compound used as a prison by Islamic State militants in July 17 district, in western Mosul, June 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Debris fly as smoke rises after an artillery attack on the Islamic State militants' positions by the Iraqi Army in the Shifa neighbourhood during clashes in western Mosul,  June 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Debris fly as smoke rises after an artillery attack on the Islamic State militants' positions by the Iraqi Army in the Shifa neighbourhood during clashes in western Mosul, June 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Debris fly as smoke rises after an artillery attack on the Islamic State militants' positions by the Iraqi Army in the Shifa neighbourhood during clashes in western Mosul, June 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Members of the Iraqi army drop leaflets over the old city of Mosul, June 2017. 

REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Members of the Iraqi army drop leaflets over the old city of Mosul, June 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Members of the Iraqi army drop leaflets over the old city of Mosul, June 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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An Iraqi soldier from the 9th Armoured Division gives drops of water to a dehydrated child rescued earlier by soldiers at the frontline, during the ongoing fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants near the Old City in western Mosul, June 2017. 


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An Iraqi soldier from the 9th Armoured Division gives drops of water to a dehydrated child rescued earlier by soldiers at the frontline, during the ongoing fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants near the Old City in western Mosul,...more

An Iraqi soldier from the 9th Armoured Division gives drops of water to a dehydrated child rescued earlier by soldiers at the frontline, during the ongoing fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants near the Old City in western Mosul, June 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A destroyed al-Hadba minaret at Grand al-Nuri Mosque (L) is pictured through a hole at the Iraqi-held position at the Old City in Mosul, June 2017. 


REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A destroyed al-Hadba minaret at Grand al-Nuri Mosque (L) is pictured through a hole at the Iraqi-held position at the Old City in Mosul, June 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A destroyed al-Hadba minaret at Grand al-Nuri Mosque (L) is pictured through a hole at the Iraqi-held position at the Old City in Mosul, June 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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