The battle for Mosul
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The battle to liberate Mosul

The battle for Mosul

Iraqi forces on Monday advance toward Mosul through Shourah, about 30 miles south of the city they aim to retake from Islamic State. 

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The battle for Mosul

Smoke billows in the Iraqi city of Nineveh during an operation against Islamic State in an image captured from the top of Mount Zardak, about 15 miles east of Mosul.

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The battle for Mosul

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters atop Mount Zardak. Islamic State seized Mosul, once the country’s second-largest city with a diverse population of about 1.2 million, in 2014.

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The battle for Mosul

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a multiple-rocket launcher from Mount Zardak. Officials dropped leaflets on Mosul in recent weeks urging residents to shelter in place once the offensive started.

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The battle for Mosul

Iraqi forces head north toward Mosul on Monday, part of the operation to retake the city from Islamic State. 

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The battle for Mosul

Iraqi forces in Shourah prepare to advance toward Mosul on Monday. 

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The battle for Mosul

Iraqi policemen clean a weapon at the Qayyarah military base, south of Mosul, on Sunday. 

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The battle for Mosul

Iraqi forces gather at the Qayyarah military base, about 35 miles south of Mosul, on Sunday.

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The battle for Mosul

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a mortar shell from Mount Zardak.

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The battle for Mosul

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters atop Mount Zardak on Monday. 

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