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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Iraqi children follow instructions given by a teacher (center) during an outdoor class at the Hassan Sham camp on Nov. 10. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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ISIS Drove Them From School. Now The Kids Of Mosul Want To Go Back

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Iraqi soldiers pose on a tank they captured from ISIS in a small base a few miles east of Mosul. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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The Fight For Mosul, Underway For A Month, Is Only Just Beginning

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U.S.-backed fighters rest during fighting with the Islamic State group near Ein Issa, north of Raqqa, Syria, as shown in a video by Qasioun, a Syrian opposition media outlet. AP hide caption

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Iraqis living east of Mosul hold a white flag as they flee Wednesday during an Iraqi army's operation to retake the ISIS-held city. So far, the number of civilians fleeing the fighting has been relatively small. But aid groups warn the numbers could rise dramatically as the fighting moves into the city itself. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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As Iraqi Forces Push Into Mosul, Camps Brace For An Influx Of The Displaced

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Displaced people stand on the back of a truck Tuesday at a checkpoint near Qayara, south of Mosul, Iraq, Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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Iraqi Forces Approach Outskirts Of ISIS-Held Mosul

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Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces advance toward Islamic State positions Tuesday in the village of Tob Zawa, about 5 miles from Mosul, Iraq. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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A boy carries mattresses at a camp for displaced families in Debaga, about 50 miles southeast of Mosul, Iraq, on Monday. Camp residents who recently fled areas controlled by the Islamic State say they expect the extremist group to put up a tough fight in Mosul and surrounding areas. Marko Drobnjakovic/AP hide caption

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Near Mosul, Some Residents Flee ISIS, Others Stay And Fight With ISIS

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Iraqi pro-government forces hold a position on the frontline on Friday near the village of Tall al-Tibah, some 20 miles south of Mosul, during an operation to retake the hub city from the Islamic State group jihadists. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi Forces Shaken By ISIS Resistance In Fight For Mosul

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