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Iraqi army soldiers carry their comrade who was wounded during the battle against the Islamic State group, in Haj Ali front line village, southern Mosul, Iraq.
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U.S. soldiers eat their meals to celebrate Thanksgiving Day inside the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul, Iraq November 24, 2016.

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U.S. soldiers eat their meals to celebrate Thanksgiving Day inside the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul, Iraq. Photo Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, evacuate a child during a training session in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area, east of the capital Damascus, on November 22, 2016.   / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANYAMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images

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Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, evacuate a child during a training session in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area, east of the capital Damascus 

 (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

Syrian children ride a bicycle in the rebel-held town of Douma on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus on November 13, 2016. Douma, the largest town in the Eastern Ghouta area with more than 100,000 residents, is surrounded and regularly shelled by regime forces. / AFP PHOTO / Abd DoumanyABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images

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Syrian children ride a bicycle in the rebel-held town of Douma on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus. Douma, the largest town in the Eastern Ghouta area with more than 100,000 residents, is surrounded and regularly shelled by regime forces. Photo Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty 

Victoria Cross holders Bill Speakman, (2nd R) and Johnson Beharry (R) parade during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 13, 2016 in London, England. The Queen, senior politicians, including the British Prime Minister and representatives from the armed forces pay tribute to those who have suffered or died at war. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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Victoria Cross holders Bill Speakman, (2nd R) and Johnson Beharry (R) parade during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London, England. The Queen, senior politicians, including the British Prime Minister and representatives from the armed forces pay tribute to those who have suffered or died at war. Photo Jack Taylor/Getty 

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 

A Peshmerga fighter runs to take position as the Iraqi Kurdish forces pushed deeper into the town of Bashiqa during street battles against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on November 8, 2016.  Capturing Bashiqa would be one of the final steps in securing the eastern approaches to Mosul, three weeks into an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the country's second city. The town was under the "complete control" of Kurdish peshmerga forces, Jabbar Yawar, the secretary general of the Kurdish regional ministry responsible for the fighters, told AFP. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

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A Peshmerga fighter runs to take position as the Iraqi Kurdish forces pushed deeper into the town of Bashiqa during street battles against Islamic State group jihadists. Photo Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty 

Palestinian children walk past buildings destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants during the summer of 2014 in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip, on November 8, 2016. The World Bank said in a September report that just 10.7 percent of the 11,000 houses that were totally destroyed in 2014 had so far been rebuilt and about 50 percent of partially and severely damaged houses are still awaiting repair.

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Palestinian children walk past buildings destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants during the summer of 2014 in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty 

Rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades gather in position on November 3, 2016, at an entrance to Aleppo, in the southwestern frontline near the neighbourhood of Dahiyet al-Assad, during a rebel offensive to break a three-month siege of the opposition-held east of Syria's second city.  Syrian rebels launched a new wave of car bombs and rockets on Aleppo's western districts, redoubling their efforts to break the government's three-month siege of the city. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadourOMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images

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Rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades gather in position at an entrance to Aleppo, in the southwestern frontline near the neighbourhood of Dahiyet al-Assad, during a rebel offensive to break a three-month siege of the opposition-held east of Syria’s second city. Photo Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Abu Omar's daughters Ghazal and Deema (R) sit in the shelter the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on October 30, 2016. Abu Omar, with the help of his neighbour, was able to dig and prepare an underground shelter consisting of a single room in the space of 2 weeks. The shelter is 4 meters below ground and has an air vent for emergencies. / AFP PHOTO / Sameer Al-DoumySAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images

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Abu Omar’s daughters Ghazal and Deema (right) sit in the shelter the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus. Abu Omar, with the help of his neighbour, was able to dig and prepare an underground shelter consisting of a single room in the space of two weeks. The shelter is four meters below ground and has an air vent for emergencies. Photo Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian government forces walk in the strategic area of the Bazo hilltop, north of Khan Tuman on the southern outskirts of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo as they advance in the ongoing offensive to the seize rebel-held eastern part of the city on October 25, 2016.

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Syrian government forces walk in the strategic area of the Bazo hilltop, north of Khan Tuman on the southern outskirts of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo as they advance in the ongoing offensive to the seize rebel-held eastern part of the city. Photo Georges Ourfalian/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 

Yemeni artist spraying a graffiti on a wall in protest against the ongoing conflict and the worsening economic situation in the war-affected country, in Sana’a, Yemen, 20 October 2016. According to reports, since March 2015, ongoing conflict and the Saudi-led airstrike campaign in Yemen have left 21.2 million - 82 percent of Yemen’s population - in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 9.9 million children.  EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

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A Yemeni artist sprays graffiti on a wall in protest against the ongoing conflict and the worsening economic situation in the war-affected country, in Sanaa, Yemen. Photo Yahya Arhab/ EPA

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

Displaced people, who are fleeing from clashes in Al-hud village, south of Mosul, head to Qayyarah, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 18, 2016. Picture taken October 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Stringer  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

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Displaced people, who are fleeing from clashes in Al-hud village, south of Mosul, head to Qayyarah, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. Photo Reuters

A member of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, stands amid the rubble of a destroyed building during a rescue operation following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016.  Dozens of civilians were killed as air strikes hammered rebel-held parts of Aleppo early morning, despite Western warnings of potential sanctions against Syria and Russia over attacks on the city. Both Russian and Syrian warplanes are carrying out air strikes over Aleppo in support of a major offensive by regime forces to capture rebel-held parts of the northern city.  / AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRIKARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images

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A member of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, stands amid the rubble of a destroyed building during a rescue operation following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo. Photo Karam Al-Masri/AFP/Getty 

raqi 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, on October 17, 2016. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced earlier in the day that the long-awaited operation to recapture Mosul was under way.  / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEAHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

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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 

Rebel fighters arrive in Idlib following their evacuation from Qudssaya and al-Hamah, neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital, on October 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO/AFP/Getty Images

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Rebel fighters arrive in Idlib following their evacuation from Qudssaya and al-Hamah, neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital. Photo AFP/Getty