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Iraqi civilians in Mosul's Old City flash the "victory" sign as they celebrate the government's announcement of the "liberation" of the embattled city Sunday. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The ravaged Great Mosque of al-Nuri, as seen through rubble in the Old City of Mosul on Thursday. Iraqi forces say they've recaptured the landmark, where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the group's "caliphate" in 2014. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, with its tall, leaning al-Hadba minaret, was where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the group's "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria in July 2014. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi forces advance towards Mosul's Old City on Sunday, an offensive to retake the last district in the city still held by the Islamic State. Military commanders say the assault began at dawn after overnight airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqis inspect the damage in Mosul's al-Jadida area on March 26, one week after a U.S. airstrike in the same area killed more than 100 civilians. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pentagon Blames 105 Civilian Deaths From Mosul Strike On 'Secondary Explosion'

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Iraqi civilians evacuated from fighting in Mosul hand their IDs to a member of Iraqi special forces to check if they're on a list of suspected ISIS members. U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have been fighting ISIS in the city for six months and more than 300,000 civilians are still trapped by the fighting. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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As Iraqi Forces Encircle Mosul, ISIS Unleashes New Level Of Brutality On Civilians

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Residents carry the body of several people killed during fights between Iraq security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, yesterday. Residents of the Iraqi city's neighborhood known as Mosul Jidideh at the scene say that scores of residents are believed to have been killed by airstrikes that hit a cluster of homes in the area earlier this month. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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Medics tend to an Iraqi counterterrorism fighter injured in a clash with ISIS forces near the village of Bazwaya, on the eastern edge of Mosul. Bulent Kilic /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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No One Was Prepared To Care For So Many Wounded In Mosul

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Iraqis walk at the Hamam al-Alil camp for displaced people, south of Mosul, on Wednesday, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from ISIS fighters. Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Civilians Flee As Iraqi Army Battles Remaining ISIS Fighters In Mosul

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"Our Iraqi and Syrian partners are sacrificing not only for their own countries, but for the region and the rest of the world as well," says Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the American commander as U.S. forces help Iraqi troops in Mosul. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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A U.S. Commander Works With Iraqi Forces To Fight 'Brutal Enemy' ISIS

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Iraqi forces gather at Mosul's airport during an offensive to retake the western side of the city from ISIS Thursday. Government forces reportedly entered the airport on the southern edge of the city for the first time since 2014. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A fighter of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) paramilitaries stands guard near the front-line village of Ayn al-Hisan, west of Mosul, where Iraqi forces were preparing to launch an offensive to retake the western side of the city from the Islamic State. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People shop after returning to their homes in east Mosul in January. Ahmed Saad/Reuters hide caption

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Life Inches Back To Normal In East Mosul, But Worries Remain

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A member of the Iraqi special forces' Counter-Terrorism Service stands guard next to a damaged building at Mosul university on Sunday, during an ongoing military operation against the Islamic State. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Men push a cart at a makeshift river crossing next to a bridge destroyed by Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, on Thursday. The Iraqi forces have reclaimed much of eastern Mosul, but the Islamic State still controls much of the western side of the city. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Four Iraqi commandos at the base were among those awarded medals by Defense Secretary Ash Carter during his visit earlier this month. David Welna/NPR hide caption

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter Predicts 'Tough Fight' Ahead To Retake Mosul

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A young fighter stands at a checkpoint near the Jada'aa camp for internally displaced people. Just before dusk, the sky is darkened by smoke from oil fires set by ISIS nearby. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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For Iraqi Families With ISIS Links, Agonizing Choices — And Consequences

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