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The Battle for Mosul

The long-anticipated campaign to reclaim Mosul from the Islamic State began Monday. It is the largest military operation in Iraq since U.S. forces left five years ago.

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Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2016.
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Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2016.

Smoke rises from Islamic state positions after an airstrike by coalition forces in Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2016.
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Smoke rises from Islamic state positions after an airstrike by coalition forces in Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2016.

This photo released on his official Facebook page shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, center, surrounded by top military and police officers as he announces the start of the operation to liberate the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State milit
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This photo released on his official Facebook page shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, center, surrounded by top military and police officers as he announces the start of the operation to liberate the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State milit

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand on top of a military vehicle as they advance towards villages surrounding Mosul, in Khazer, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2016.
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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand on top of a military vehicle as they advance towards villages surrounding Mosul, in Khazer, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2016.

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