A Front-Line View Of ISIS At War: 'They're Not Backing Down'

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis seems to be aiming to reassure U.S. allies while overseas. Ahead of an unannounced visit to Iraq, Mattis rejected President Trump's statements that the U.S. should have seized Iraqi oil after the invasion. Susan Walsh/AP 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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An Iraqi soldier on Sunday stands near a makeshift armored car left behind by the Islamic State when they were driven out of the eastern side of Mosul. President Trump has ordered the U.S. military to draw up a new plan for the fight against ISIS. Mstyslav Chernov/AP hide caption

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A Syrian refugee boy plays outside his family's tent in a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Zahrani, Lebanon, in December. Some 1 million Syrians live in Lebanon as refugees, according to the U.N. Mohammed Zaatari/AP hide caption

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President Trump, with Defense Secretary James Mattis, shows his signature on an executive action to rebuild the military, during an event at the Pentagon on Friday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Students at Mosul University place the Iraqi national flag at the entrance on Sunday after it was liberated from Islamic State militants. The Iraqi military, supported by the U.S., has retaken the eastern part of the city. ISIS still holds the western part of Mosul, its last major stronghold in Iraq. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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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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Tourists browse a Christmas market in Madrid's medieval square, the Plaza Mayor, on Dec. 15. As the Islamic State loses territory in Iraq and Syria, Western intelligence agencies believe it may refocus on attacking soft targets in Europe instead. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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After Berlin Attack, Fears Rise In Europe Over Strikes On Soft Targets

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A police officer stands guard Wednesday near a Christmas market in Berlin where a truck plowed into a crowd Monday, killing 12 people. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Dounia Bouzar, shown here in 2015, helps parents in France who want to prevent their kids from joining militant groups like ISIS — whose recruiters, she says, "set out to break every emotional, social and historical tie in the kids' lives." Charles Platiau/Reuters hide caption

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Defusing The Lure Of Militant Islam In France, Despite Death Threats

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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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The Sheikhan criminal court occupies a municipal office building north of Mosul. Cases are heard after long delays and defense attorneys have limited contact with their clients. Peter Kenyon/NPR hide caption

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At A Makeshift Iraqi Court, Harsh Justice For Those Accused Of Aiding ISIS

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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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Targeted To Teens, A German Play About ISIS Stokes Fear, Teaching Opportunities

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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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Iraqi forces raise a flag after retaking Bartella, a town nine miles outside Mosul, Iraq, on Friday. Iraq's army, backed by U.S. air power, began an offensive this week to retake Mosul, the last city in Iraq controlled by the Islamic State. Some smaller towns and villages were retaken this week, but the Iraqis have not yet reached Mosul. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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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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