Iraq

Displaced Iraqi man, who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, carries mattresses he received at Khazer camp

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A displaced Iraqi man, who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, carries mattresses he received at Khazer camp, Iraq. Picture REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Jasim plays football in Debaga camp, on the outskirts of Erbil

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Displaced Iraqi boy Jasim Abudllah Jasim, 13, who according to his family lost his leg in an air strike in Baiji, plays football in Debaga camp, on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq.
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Displaced Iraqis, who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, ask for food supplies in a distribution point at Khazer camp, Iraq. Photo Mohammed Salem/Reuters

 Blackened sheep graze as oil wells, set ablaze by retreating Islamic State (IS) jihadists, burn in the background, in the town of Qayyarah, some 70 km south of Mosul on November 20, 2016. Locals told AFP that they face a range of health issues including breathing difficulties, and sheperds said they could not sell their livestock as the sheep's fleece was blackened by smoke. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

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Blackened sheep graze as oil wells, set ablaze by retreating Islamic State jihadists, burn in the background, in the town of Qayyarah, Iraq. Photo Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty 

An Iraqi displaced boy (L) wears a mask depicting Korean pop star Park Jae-sang as he stands with a friend at Jadaa refugees camp near Qayyarah city, some 40 km southern Mosul, Iraq, 17 November 2016. According to a local official in Jadaa camp, the camp which was opened after the beginning of the military operation to liberation of Mosul city, is currently hosting around ten thousand people who fled from many villages near Mosul due to the fighting between the Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS) group.  EPA/AHMED JALIL

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An Iraqi displaced boy wears a mask depicting Korean pop star Park Jae-sang as he stands with a friend at Jadaa refugees camp near Qayyarah city. Photo Ahmed Jalil/EPA 

 (EDITORS NOTE: Image shot in black and white using a panoramic app on an iPhone 6.) A machine used to dig ISIL tunnels is seen at the Iraqi Army Armoured Ninth Division base on November 13, 2016 in Qaraqosh, Iraq. ISIL took control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city in June of 2014. For the past two years they have occupied the city. On the 17th of October 2016. Iraqi forces began the Mosul offensive to take back the city. The offensive was a joint effort by Iraqi Government forces, the Peshmerga, local tribal militias and air support from the US and UK military. Despite early progress the offensive has slowed in the past week as Iraqi forces encountered heavy resistance from ISIL fighters entrenched inside the city. The use of an extensive tunnel system under the city built by ISIL over the past two years, booby traps, snipers and roads riddled with IED's has slowed the advance of troops on the ground. As the offensive enters its fourth week, fears of a humanitarian crisis grow as up to 1 million civilians are believed to be trapped inside the city.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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A machine used to dig tunnels for Islamic State is seen at the Iraqi Army Armoured Ninth Division base in Qaraqosh, Iraq. This photo was taken using a panoramic app on an iPhone 6. Chris McGrath/Getty

A woman who fled from Mosul carries her son Riyad, 1, who was born under Islamic State rule and has no identity documents recognised by Iraqi authorities, in Debaga refugee camp, Iraq November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CALIPHATE CHILDREN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.?

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A woman who fled from Mosul carries her son Riyad, 1, who was born under Islamic State rule and has no identity documents recognised by Iraqi authorities, in Debaga refugee camp, Iraq. Photo Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

A girl who is fleeing the fighting between Islamic State and the Iraqi army in Mosul sits inside a bus at a Peshmerga checkpoint in Iraq November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

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A girl who is fleeing the fighting between Islamic State and the Iraqi army in Mosul sits inside a bus at a Peshmerga checkpoint in Iraq. Photo Zohra Bensemra/Reuters 

A displaced Iraqi woman holds her cat, Lulu, as she waits for transport in the Iraqi Kurdish checkpoint village of Shaqouli, about 35 kilometres east of Mosul, on November 10, 2016, after she fled her home with her children in the eastern Intisar neighbourhood of the embattled city to take refuge at a camp in Arbil.  Iraqi forces are taking part in an operation to recapture Iraq's second city Mosul from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

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A displaced Iraqi woman holds her cat, Lulu, as she waits for transport in the Iraqi Kurdish checkpoint village of Shaqouli, about 35 kilometres east of Mosul, after she fled her home with her children in the eastern Intisar neighbourhood of the embattled city.
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A fighter from the NPU (Nineveh Plain Protection Units) waks through a destroyed church on November 8, 2016 in Qaraqosh, Iraq. The NPU is a military organization made up of Assyrian Christians and was formed in late 2014 to defend against ISIL. Qaraqosh, a largely Assyrian City just 32km southeast of Mosul was taken by ISIL in August, 2014 forcing all residents to flee, the town was largely destroyed with all of the churches burned or heavily damaged. The town stayed under ISIL control last week when it was liberated during the Mosul Offensive.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

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A fighter from the NPU (Nineveh Plain Protection Units) walks through a destroyed church in Qaraqosh, Iraq. The NPU is a military organisation made up of Assyrian Christians and was formed in late 2014 to defend against Islamic State. Photo Chris McGrath/Getty 

Iraqis and Iraqi forces members bathe in a sulphur pond in the Hamam al-Alil area, about 14 kilometres from the southern outskirts of Mosul, on November 7, 2016, after recapturing it from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists during the ongoing operation to regain control of the city of Mosul from the group. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEAHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

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Iraqis and Iraqi forces members bathe in a sulphur pond in the Hamam al-Alil area, about 14 kilometres from the southern outskirts of Mosul after recapturing it from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists during the ongoing operation to regain control of the city of Mosul from the group. Photo Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

A displaced Iraqi boy leads his animals to safety after escaping from Islamic State controlled village of Abu Jarboa during clashes with IS militants near Mosul

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A displaced Iraqi boy leads his animals to safety after escaping from the Islamic State controlled village of Abu Jarboa during clashes with IS militants near Mosul, Iraq.
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A Kurdish female Peshmerga soldier carries a newly internally displaced boy after she helped him to jump from the truck upon his arrival at Al Khazar camp near Hassan Sham, east of Mosul, east of Mosul, Iraq October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

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A Kurdish female Peshmerga soldier carries a newly internally displaced boy after she helped him to jump from the truck upon his arrival at Al Khazar camp near Hassan Sham, east of Mosul, east of Mosul, Iraq. Photo Zohra Bensemra/Reuters 

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter takes a selfie with children after recapturing the Fadiliya village from Islamic state militants, in Nawaran North of Mosul, Iraq, October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Air Jalal

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A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter takes a selfie with children after recapturing the Fadiliya village from Islamic state militants, in Nawaran North of Mosul, Iraq. Photo Air Jalal/Reuters 

Newly displaced Iraq's who fled from the city of Mosul, Iraq's last major Islamic State (IS) group stronghold, cry as they meet their relatives who came two years ago to the refugee camp in the Khazer area, near near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aksi Kalak, some 40 kilometres east of Arbil following their arrival on October 26, 2016.  The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Stephane Dujarric told reporters that almost 9,000 people are internally displaced as a result of the Mosul military operation in Iraq. Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said the military operations to retake Mosul could spark the largest humanitarian crisis in 2016 as the security situation in the area restrains aid agencies' ability to deliver help. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

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Newly displaced people who have fled from the city of Mosul, Iraq’s last major Islamic State group stronghold, cry as they meet their relatives who came two years ago to the refugee camp in the Khazer area, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aksi Kalak following their arrival on Wednesday. Photo Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty 

David Dosha (L), the priest of the Church of Mart Shmony, located in the Christian Iraqi town of Bartella, about 15 kilometres (10 miles) east of Mosul, gestures on October 24, 2016 as people help to recover items from the church's compound after Iraqi forces retook control of the town from jihadists of the Islamic State group. The counter-terrorism service (CTS), Iraq's best-trained and most battle-seasoned force, retook full control of Bartalla on October 20.   / AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMEDSAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images

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David Dosha the priest of the Church of Mart Shmony, located in the Christian Iraqi town of Bartella, about 15 kilometres east of Mosul, gestures as people help to recover items from the church’s compound after Iraqi forces retook control of the town from jihadists of the Islamic State group. Photo Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty 

 Iraqi families, who were displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces against jihadistds of the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul, are seen gathering on an area near Qayyarah on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

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Iraqi families, who were displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces against jihadistds of the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul, are seen gathering on an area near Qayyarah. Photo Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty 

A member of the Iraqi government forces smokes a cigarette as they rest in the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, after recapturing it from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on October 23, 2016, in part of an ongoing operation to tighten the noose around Mosul and reclaim the last major Iraqi city under IS control. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEAHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

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A member of the Iraqi government forces smokes a cigarette as they rest in the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, after recapturing it from Islamic State (IS) in part of an ongoing operation to tighten the noose around Mosul and reclaim the last major Iraqi city under IS control. Photo Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Peshmerga forces stand behind rocks at a site of an attack by Islamic State militants in Kirkuk

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Peshmerga forces stand behind rocks at a site of an attack by Islamic State militants in Kirkuk, Iraq. Picture Ako Rasheed/Reuters

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a multiple rocket launcher from a position in Sheikh Ali village near the town of Bashiqa, some 25 kilometres north east of Mosul during an operation against Islamic State group jihadists to retake the main hub city.

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Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a multiple rocket launcher from a position in Sheikh Ali village near the town of Bashiqa, some 25 kilometres north east of Mosul, Iraq during an operation against Islamic State group jihadists to retake the main hub city. Photo Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty