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Joining forces with Iraqi army in Mosul offensive

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Militiamen chant before going into battle alongside Iraqi army forces as they fight against Islamic State near Mosul.

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

Popular mobilization units are helping to clear villages southwest of Mosul, Iraq. On Sunday, they launched mortar rounds a little more than a mile from Islamic State fighters who continued to resist their advance on the city. 

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

Militiamen near the village of Zarqa stand by as mortars are launched at Islamic State fighters near Mosul.

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

Militias known as popular mobilization units fighting near Mosul are made up mostly of Shiite Muslims. 

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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A man wearing a religious banner walks near the front line where militias are fighting alongside Iraqi army forces. The mostly Shiite militias have agreed not to go into the city of Mosul. 

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Militia members working alongside Iraqi troops gather at a gravesite near a village southwest of Mosul.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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The popular mobilization units received the Iraqi government’s blessing to join the battle that could break Islamic State’s grip in the country.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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