Iraqi’s Mosul advance
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Iraqi special forces team brings legacy of American training to fight in Mosul

Iraqi’s Mosul advance

An Iraqi special forces soldier rides in a Humvee with a Shiite religious banner flying behind while moving through recently captured territory on the eastern front in the fight for Mosul on Oct. 28, 2016.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Iraqi’s Mosul advance

Lt. Col. Ali Hussein Fadil, center, commands an Iraqi special forces unit in the fight to retake the city of Mosul, including 28-year-old Waleed Abdel Nabi, left.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Iraqi’s Mosul advance

An Iraqi government Humvee window cracked by Islamic State fire on the eastern front in fight for Mosul.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Iraqi’s Mosul advance

Waleed Abdel Nabi, 28, clears what appear to be abandoned homes in the advance toward Mosul. 

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Iraqi’s Mosul advance

An Islamic State tunnel entrance found in Bartella by Iraqi special forces. 

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Iraqi’s Mosul advance

Waleed Abdel Nabi, a father of four, moves through the town of Bartella by Humvee. 

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Modern Iraqi warriors

A barricaded door where Islamic State fighters had made a nest.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Iraqi’s Mosul advance

Waleed Abdel Nabi, right, and a fellow Iraqi special force fighter in the town of Bartella.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Iraqi’s Mosul advance

The remains of a burned car. 

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Iraqi’s Mosul advance

Iraqi forces patrol in a Humvee east of Mosul as they wait for the next phase of the battle to retake the city from Islamic State.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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