Iraq

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Iraqis from the town of Heet in Iraq‘s Anbar province, are evacuated by government forces to a safe area far from the battlefields where Iraqi troops are trying to retake the western town from the Islamic State 

Female Kurdish Peshmerga attend their graduation ceremony at a police academy in Zakho

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Female Kurdish Peshmerga attend their graduation ceremony at a police academy in Zakho district of the Dohuk Governorate in Iraq

Female Kurdish Peshmerga take part their graduation ceremony at a police academy in Zakho district of the Dohuk Governorate of the Iraqi Kurdistan province, Iraq

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Kurdish Peshmerga take part their graduation ceremony at a police academy in Zakho district in Iraqi Kurdistan

An Iraqi shepherd herds his sheep in the...An Iraqi shepherd herds his sheep in the Kurdish town of Aqrah, 500 kilometres north of Baghdad, on March 21, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMEDSAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images

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An Iraqi shepherd herds his sheep in the Kurdish town of Aqrah, 500 kilometres north of Baghdad

Iraqi civilians drive towards a safe are...Iraqi civilians drive towards a safe area on March 10, 2016 after government forces retook the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, in Anbar province, from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.  Iraqi forces retook a town from the Islamic State jihadist group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. The sprawling province of Anbar -- which borders  Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- was at the heart of the "caliphate" that IS proclaimed in 2014. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions.  / AFP PHOTO / MOADH AL-DULAIMIMOADH AL-DULAIMI/AFP/Getty Images

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Iraqi civilians drive towards a safe area after government forces retook the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, in Anbar province, from the Islamic State jihadist group 

An Iraqi soldier stands in an armed vehicle as they are stationed on the Iraqi-Saudi border in Iraq's southern Samawah province

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An Iraqi soldier stands in an armed vehicle as they are stationed on the Iraqi-Saudi border in Iraq’s southern Samawah province

Vehicles carry coffins draped with Iraqi flags and containing bodies found in a mass grave in Anbar province

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Vehicles carry coffins draped with Iraqi flags and containing bodies found in a mass grave in Anbar province. Iraqi authorities have uncovered the mass grave in Ramadi containing at least 40 bodies, including women and children, apparently killed by Islamic State insurgents when they seized the city in May.

People collect their belongings from a heavily damaged building in the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in commercial area of New Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Gunmen stormed into a Baghdad mall on Monday after setting off a car bomb and launching a suicide attack at its entrance in the city s mainly Shiite east, Iraqi officials said.

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People collect their belongings from a heavily damaged building in the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in commercial area of New Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday

Iraqi forces secure an area near the Grand Mosque in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, on Friday, after retaking the city from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists

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Iraqi forces secure an area near the Grand Mosque in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, on Friday, after retaking the city from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists

An Iraqi Muslim woman walks past Christmas decorations for sale in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Thursday

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An Iraqi Muslim woman walks past Christmas decorations for sale in the Shia holy city of Najaf on Thursday

An elderly Yazidi man poses for a photograph in the town of Sinjar...An elderly Yazidi man poses for a photograph in the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Before it was overrun by Islamic State, Sinjar and the surrounding villages were home to about 200,000 people, mainly Kurdish and Arab Muslims - both Sunni and Shi'ite - as well as Christians and Yazidis, a faith that combines elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions. Now the town is largely deserted. But in a row of houses used by Islamic State fighters, there were signs of recent occupation: a smell of rotting food, and foam mattresses and pillows laid on the floor. .

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An elderly Yazidi man walks through the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Before it was overrun by Islamic State, Sinjar and the surrounding villages were home to about 200,000 people, mainly Kurdish and Arab Muslims, as well as Christians and Yazidis

Iranian soldiers participate in military manoeuvres on the outskirts of the northeastern Iranian town of Torbat-E-Jam, near Mashhad, on November 17, 2015. Iran started military manoeuvres to respond to possible attacks by armed groups, such as the Islamic State (IS) group, a military commander said according to ISNA.

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Iranian soldiers participate in military manoeuvres on the outskirts of the northeastern Iranian town of Torbat-E-Jam, near Mashhad, on Tuesday. Iran started military manoeuvres to respond to possible attacks by armed groups, such as the Islamic State (IS) group

Yazidi refugees celebrate news of the liberation of their homeland of Sinjar from ISIL extremists, while at a refugee camp on Friday in Derek, Rojava, Syria. Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq say they have retaken Sinjar, with the help of airstrikes from U.S. led coalition warplanes. The Islamic State captured Sinjar in August 2014, killing many and sexually enslaving thousands of Yazidi women

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Yazidi refugees celebrate news of the liberation of their homeland of Sinjar from ISIL extremists, while at a refugee camp on Friday in Derek, Rojava, Syria. Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq have retaken Sinjar, with the help of airstrikes from U.S. led coalition warplanes

A displaced Iraqi man (L) from the Yazidi community, who fled violence between Islamic State (IS) group jihadists and Peshmerga fighters in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, in the northern Iraqi province of Mosul, looks on as smoke billows during an operation by Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by US-led strikes in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on November 12, 2015, to retake the town from the Islamic State group and cut a key supply line to Syria. AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMEDSAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images

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A displaced Iraqi man from the Yazidi community looks on as smoke billows during an operation by Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by US-led strikes in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar to retake the town from the Islamic State group

A displaced Iraqi girl looks out from behind a tent at a camp in Baghdad following heavy rainfall on November 5, 2015. Torrential rain caused chaos across several parts of Iraq last week, with flood waters sweeping the capital causing flooding, deaths and property destruction

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A displaced Iraqi girl looks out from behind a tent at a camp in Baghdad following heavy rainfall on Thursday

Iraqis attend a funeral in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf on Tuesday for eight fighters who belonged to the Asaib al Haq (The League of the Righteous) group that were killed in combat against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists

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Iraqis attend a funeral in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf on Tuesday for eight fighters who belonged to the Asaib al Haq (The League of the Righteous) group that were killed in combat against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists

Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in Husseiniya, about 13 miles (20 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Iraqi officials say a series of car bombings across Iraq Monday killed and wounded dozens of people.

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Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in Husseiniya, about 13 miles (20 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq today. Iraqi officials say a series of car bombings across Iraq Monday killed and wounded dozens of people.

An Iraqi army cadet performs "the leap of faith" from a bridge in Baghdad, September 22, 2015.

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An Iraqi army cadet performs “the leap of faith” from a bridge during training in Baghdad today. 

A young Iraqi girl who fled the violence in the northern city of Tal Afar poses for a photo at the Bahrka camp for internally displaced people, some ten kilometres west of Erbil, in the autonomous Kurdistan region

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A young Iraqi girl who fled the violence in the northern city of Tal Afar poses for a photo at the Bahrka camp for internally displaced people, some ten kilometres west of Arbil, in the autonomous Kurdistan region

Iraqi children hold an empty frame at a garbage dump

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Iraqi children hold an empty frame at a garbage dump, in the Diwaniya village, east of the holy city of Najaf, on Friday