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. 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. Photo Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries advance in a desert area near the village of Tall Abtah, southwest of Mosul.
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A soldier from the Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division looks for hostiles as they engage Islamic State group fighters pushing through the eastern Samah area and into the Arbagiah neighbourhood of Mosul. Odd Anderson/Getty
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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 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
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. Photo Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty
A woman poses at a refugee camp housing Iraqi families who fled fighting in the Mosul area in the northeastern town of al-Hol in Syria‘s Hasakeh province. Photo Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty
Iraqi forces deploy in the area of al-Shourah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced earlier in the day that the long-awaited operation to recapture Mosul was under way. Photo Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty
Fighters from predominantly Sunni Arab force take part in a training session before the upcoming battle to recapture Mosul in Bashiqa. Photo Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters
Iraqis react as they visit the aftermath of a massive bombing in Baghdad’s Karrada neighbourhood. Iraqis mourned the more than 200 people killed by a jihadist-claimed suicide car bombing that was among the deadliest ever attacks in the country. The blast, which the Islamic State group said it carried out, hit the Karrada district on Sunday.
Iraqi pro-governement forces fire their weapons on a front line in the Albu Huwa area, south of Fallujah near the Euphrates river during an operation aimed at retaking areas from the Islamic State group
Iraqi security forces gather near Fallujah, 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
An Iraqi shepherd herds his sheep in the Kurdish town of Aqrah, 500 kilometres north of Baghdad
Supporters of Iraqi Shea cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wave national flags during a demonstration calling for governmental reform and elimination of corruption outside the main gates of Baghdad’s Green Zone
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
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Iraqi Shia fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units, fighting alongside Iraqi government forces, fire a rocket during a military operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists as they advance towards the centre of Baiji, some 200 kilometres north of Baghdad.