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Thick smoke rises from a fire which broke out at oil wells set ablaze by Islamic State militants before fleeing the oil-producing region of Qayyara, Iraq, January 18, 2017. Picture taken January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Girish Gupta     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Thick smoke rises from a fire which broke out at oil wells set ablaze by Islamic State militants before fleeing the oil-producing region of Qayyara, Iraq. Photo Girish Gupta/Reuters 

A military vehicle of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces is seen during an operation to clear the al-Zirai district of Islamic State militants in Mosul

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A military vehicle of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) is seen during an operation to clear the al-Zirai district of Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. Photo Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Iraqi policemen march during a ceremony

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Iraqi policemen march during a ceremony to mark the 95th anniversary of the creation of the Iraqi police at the Shaabiyah training camp in the southern city of Basra. Photo AFP/Getty Images

A wounded Iraqi child who was injured during the ongoing fighting between Iraqi forces and jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group in Mosul, receives medical treatment at a hospital in Arbil, the capital of Iraqs autonomous Kurdistan region, on December 19, 2016. The hospital in Arbil is sometimes receiving more than 25-30 new patients a day and the small hospital is struggling to cope, they have no more space, a cheif nurse at the emergency clinic said.

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A wounded Iraqi child who was injured during the ongoing fighting between Iraqi forces and jihadists of the Islamic State group in Mosul, receives medical treatment at a hospital in Arbil. Photo Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty 

Azad Hassan (L), whose hand was chopped off by Islamic State militants, cries as he stands beside his wounded father in a house at Nimrud village, south of Mosul, Iraq, December 13, 2016. Picture taken December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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Azad Hassan (L), whose hand was chopped off by Islamic State militants, cries as he stands beside his wounded father in a house at Nimrud village, south of Mosul, Iraq. Photo Mohammed Salem/Reuters 

An Iraqi girl looks out the window of her family house at Namrod village in Iraq December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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An Iraqi girl looks out the window of her family house at Namrod village in Iraq. Photo Mohammed Salem/Reuters 

Iraqi internally displaced groom Jassim Mohammed walks with his bride, Amena Ali, during their wedding ceremony at a camp for internally displaced people, in Khazir, near Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.  Iraqi forces have pushed IS out of most of Anbar over the past year, and are now waging a major offensive in the northern city of Mosul, the militant group's last major urban bastion in the country. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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Iraqi internally displaced groom Jassim Mohammed walks with his bride, Amena Ali, during their wedding ceremony at a camp for internally displaced people, in Khazir, near Mosul, Iraq. Hadi Mizban/AP

Iraqi soldiers distribute water to children outside a distribution point run by United Nations agencies at Zahra district, east of Mosul, Iraq December 8, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah.

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Iraqi soldiers distribute water to children outside a distribution point run by United Nations agencies at Zahra district, east of Mosul, Iraq. Photo Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters 

Iraqi forces backed by tribal militias during battle to retake a village from the Islamic State on the eastern bank of the river Tigris, Iraq December 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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Iraqi forces backed by tribal militias during battle to retake a village from the Islamic State on the eastern bank of the river Tigris, Iraq. Photo Mohammed Salem/Reuters 

A child walks in front of Iraqi army during an operation against Islamic State militants in the neighbourhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul, Iraq, December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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A child walks in front of Iraqi army during an operation against Islamic State militants in the neighbourhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul, Iraq. Photo Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters 

Iraqi soldiers are seen in a tractor from a Humvee while coming back from the frontline in the Al-Intisar district in Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, is the last major Islamic State extremist urban bastion in the country. Iraqi troops have advanced cautiously to avoid civilian casualties. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

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Iraqi soldiers are seen in a tractor from a Humvee while coming back from the frontline in the Al-Intisar district in Mosul, Iraq. Mosul. Photo Manu Brabo/AP 

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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