Closing in on Mosul

Iraqi forces move closer to driving Islamic State from their last major stronghold in the country. [17 photos total]

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Shi'ite fighters ride on a military vehicle heading toward the airport of Tal Afar during a battle with Islamic State militants in Tal Afar west of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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Shi'ite fighters ride on a tank heading toward the airport of Tal Afar during a battle with Islamic State militants in Tal Afar west of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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Iraqi special forces soldiers point guns at part of Mosul controlled by Islamic State fighters in Iraq. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #
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A man cries over a body of a baby killed by a mortar round fired by Islamic State fighters in Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #
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An elderly man from Shi'ite fighters sleeps in Tal Afar west of Mosul during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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Shi'ite fighters carry weapons during a battle with Islamic State militants in Tal Afar west of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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Shi'ite fighters carry weapons during a battle with Islamic State militants in Tal Afar west of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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Syrian Kurdish fighters ride in a military vehicle in the town of Bashiqa, after it was recaptured from the Islamic State, east of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari) #
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In Iraqi special forces soldier holds a school book issued by Islamic State fighters in a school in Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #
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Shi'ite fighters ride on military vehicles heading toward the airport of Tal Afar during a battle with Islamic State militants in Tal Afar west of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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An Iraqi special forces soldier looks at a part of Mosul controlled by Islamic State fighters in Iraq. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #
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Shi'ite fighters ride on a military vehicle heading toward the airport of Tal Afar during a battle with Islamic State militants in Tal Afar west of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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A boy holds up a white flag in Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #
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Shi'ite fighters ride on a military vehicle heading toward the airport of Tal Afar during a battle with Islamic State militants in Tal Afar west of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
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Iraqi special forces soldiers walk in Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #
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A military vehicle of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service drives in al-Zahraa neighborhood during a fight with Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Ahmad Jadallah) #
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An Iraqi special forces soldier smokes while seated in his position inside a mosque in Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #

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