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A damaged vehicle inside a home after a car bomb exploded in the Tahreer neighborhood. The fighting has intensified between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) as they enter the city of Mosul.

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A damaged vehicle inside a home after a car bomb exploded in the Tahreer neighborhood. The fighting has intensified between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) as they enter the city of Mosul.

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A kids plays and hangouts on the street of the liberated town of Hamam al-Alil south of Mosul.

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A kids plays and hangouts on the street of the liberated town of Hamam al-Alil south of Mosul.

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Scene where car bomb exploded inside the Tahreer neighborhood . The fighting has intensified between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) as they enter the city of Mosul.

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Scene where car bomb exploded inside the Tahreer neighborhood . The fighting has intensified between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) as they enter the city of Mosul.

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Middle East - Iraq, Mosul: Members of the Golden Division unit at the frontline post in the Tahreer neighborhood. The fighting has intensified the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) since they enter the city of Mosul to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). ×
Middle East - Iraq, Mosul: Members of the Golden Division unit at the frontline post in the Tahreer neighborhood. The fighting has intensified the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) since they enter the city of Mosul to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). ×
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Iraqi women lift up their niqab as they arrive to an Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) post. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters have been caught wearing women's garments in order to scape or commit attacks agains the Iraqi forces.

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Iraqi women lift up their niqab as they arrive to an Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) post. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters have been caught wearing women's garments in order to scape or commit attacks agains the Iraqi forces.

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Graffiti from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) on the gate reads "THE HAND OF THE THIEF MUST BE CUT WITH A SWORD, BY THE ORDER OF THE ISLAMIC STATE".

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Graffiti from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) on the gate reads "THE HAND OF THE THIEF MUST BE CUT WITH A SWORD, BY THE ORDER OF THE ISLAMIC STATE".

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An Iraqi family fleeing after a car bomb exploded close to their home in the Tahreer neighborhood. The fighting has intensified between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) as they enter the city of Mosul.

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An Iraqi family fleeing after a car bomb exploded close to their home in the Tahreer neighborhood. The fighting has intensified between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) as they enter the city of Mosul.

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A young man was hit by a mortar while noun shepherding, he was taken to a local clinic with injuries on his eye and arm. Many civilians have been the victims of mortar attacks and injured while getting caught between the fighting of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) as the battle for Mosul continues.

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A young man was hit by a mortar while noun shepherding, he was taken to a local clinic with injuries on his eye and arm. Many civilians have been the victims of mortar attacks and injured while getting caught between the fighting of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) as the battle for Mosul continues.

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A member of the of the Nineveh Plain Protection Unit (NPU) points at all the damaged in Qaraqosh, also known as Al-Hamdaniya in Arabic. This was the largest Christian town in Iraq before fleeing when the ISIS militants entered the town. The Nineveh Plain Protection Unit is a militia was assembled by local Christians who felt Kurdish and Iraqi forces had abandoned them as Islamic State stormed their land and are now protecting their town from any other threat.

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A member of the of the Nineveh Plain Protection Unit (NPU) points at all the damaged in Qaraqosh, also known as Al-Hamdaniya in Arabic. This was the largest Christian town in Iraq before fleeing when the ISIS militants entered the town. The Nineveh Plain Protection Unit is a militia was assembled by local Christians who felt Kurdish and Iraqi forces had abandoned them as Islamic State stormed their land and are now protecting their town from any other threat.

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Iraqi civilians arrived with multiple wounds caused by a mortar attack from ISIS fighters to a makeshift hospital in the Gogjali village located east of Mosul city, they did not survive.

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Iraqi civilians arrived with multiple wounds caused by a mortar attack from ISIS fighters to a makeshift hospital in the Gogjali village located east of Mosul city, they did not survive.

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Iraqi families escaping the heavy fighting between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) during the Mosul offensive. Thousands of Iraqis are fleeing their hometown to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps as the battle for Mosul intensifies.

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Iraqi families escaping the heavy fighting between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) during the Mosul offensive. Thousands of Iraqis are fleeing their hometown to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps as the battle for Mosul intensifies.

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A member of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Force (ICTF) uses a tablet to find its way to the frontline inside the Tahreer neighborhood. The fighting has intensified between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) as they enter the city of Mosul.

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A member of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Force (ICTF) uses a tablet to find its way to the frontline inside the Tahreer neighborhood. The fighting has intensified between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) as they enter the city of Mosul.

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A fallen Daesh or ISIS fighter. The Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) is gaining territory as the battle for Mosul intensifies.

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A fallen Daesh or ISIS fighter. The Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) is gaining territory as the battle for Mosul intensifies.

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Iraqis do their best to go about their daily life in the liberated neighborhood inside Mosul city. Some Iraqi families have decided to stay in their neighborhood although there is limited food supply, potable water and a broken infrastructure.

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Iraqis do their best to go about their daily life in the liberated neighborhood inside Mosul city. Some Iraqi families have decided to stay in their neighborhood although there is limited food supply, potable water and a broken infrastructure.

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Iraqi family escaping the heavy fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) during the Mosul offensive. Thousands of Iraqis are fleeing their hometown to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps as the battle for Mosul intensifies.

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Iraqi family escaping the heavy fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) during the Mosul offensive. Thousands of Iraqis are fleeing their hometown to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps as the battle for Mosul intensifies.

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Kids play and hangout in the liberated town of Hamam al-Alil south of Mosul.

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Kids play and hangout in the liberated town of Hamam al-Alil south of Mosul.

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Iraqis inside a hole left by a bomb trying to get water in a liberated neighborhood on the outskirts of Mosul city. Some Iraqi families have decided to stay in their neighborhood although they lack many essentials.

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Iraqis inside a hole left by a bomb trying to get water in a liberated neighborhood on the outskirts of Mosul city. Some Iraqi families have decided to stay in their neighborhood although they lack many essentials.

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Iraqis receiving food aid from the Iraqi government in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Mosul city. Some Iraqis have decided to stay in their neighborhood although they lack many essentials.

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Iraqis receiving food aid from the Iraqi government in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Mosul city. Some Iraqis have decided to stay in their neighborhood although they lack many essentials.

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An Iraqi soldier with multiple wounds at an Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) a makeshift hospital in the Gogjali village located east of Mosul city.

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An Iraqi soldier with multiple wounds at an Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) a makeshift hospital in the Gogjali village located east of Mosul city.

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Bodies with signs of torture in a mass grave discovered in the liberated town of Hamam al-Alil south of Mosul. The victims were executed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

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Bodies with signs of torture in a mass grave discovered in the liberated town of Hamam al-Alil south of Mosul. The victims were executed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

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The environmental damage is evident and the residents are suffering from respiratory problems and other health issues. The oil wells continue to burn and releasing a toxic thick black cloud over the town since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters set them on fire.

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The environmental damage is evident and the residents are suffering from respiratory problems and other health issues. The oil wells continue to burn and releasing a toxic thick black cloud over the town since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters set them on fire.

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