Battle for Mosul begins

Iraqi forces launch an offensive to drive Islamic State from their last major stronghold in the country. [23 photos total]

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Smoke rises from clashes in the east of Mosul during clashes with Islamic State militants, Iraq. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces gather on the east of Mosul during preparations to attack Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces with western forces advance in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Smoke rises from clashes in the east of Mosul during clashes with Islamic State militants. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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A member from western forces stands with his weapon in the east of Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces gather in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces gather in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Smoke rises from clashes in the east of Mosul during clashes with Islamic State militants. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces gather in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces gather in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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A car bomb attack is seen in the east of Mosul during clashes with Islamic State militants. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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A member of Peshmerga forces stands on a military vehicle in the east of Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces gather on the east of Mosul during preparations to attack Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces gather in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces gather on the east of Mosul during preparations to attack Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces gather on the east of Mosul during preparations to attack Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces gather on the east of Mosul during preparations to attack Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Smoke rises from clashes in the east of Mosul during clashes with Islamic State militants. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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Smoke rises from clashes in the east of Mosul during clashes with Islamic State militants. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #

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