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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 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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Police Gen. Abdulkareem al-Jubouri (center) meets with other police officers outside of Mosul. The police are eager to reclaim their home city from the Islamic State, but some police officers speak openly of seeking revenge. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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When Mosul's Cops Return, Will They Seek Reconciliation Or Revenge?

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As the operation to retake Mosul continues, Iraqis fleeing ISIS-controlled areas of the city arrived Tuesday at the nearby town of al-Qayyarah, secured by the Iraqi army. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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After ISIS, People From Mosul Fear What May Come Next

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A picture taken from the top of Mount Zardak, about 25 kilometers east of Mosul, shows smoke billowing in the Iraqi city of Nineveh during an operation against the Islamic State on Monday — part of a broad operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group. Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Peshmerga convoy drives toward a frontline on Monday in Khazer, about 19 miles east of Mosul, Iraq. Bram Janssen/AP hide caption

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Iraqi Forces Fight Their Way Toward Mosul For Crucial Battle Against ISIS

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Kurdish peshmerga fighters, who are allied with the Iraqi army, stand atop military vehicles on Monday as they advance toward villages about 20 miles east of Mosul.The Iraqi military said an operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State was launched before dawn on Monday. Bram Janssen/AP hide caption

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Peshmerga forces stand guard in Nineveh, Iraq as U.S. artillery units bomb ISIS positions in the east of Mosul during an operation to retake Mosul from ISIS on Oct. 15, 2016. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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As Assault On Mosul Looms, Resistance Grows — And ISIS Grows More Brutal

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The Iraqi Army's 76th Brigade Command forces in Kirkuk move toward Mosul on Oct. 11 in an operation to retake the city from ISIS control. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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As Iraqi Forces Prepare To Attack Mosul, A Civilian Exodus Could Follow

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U.S. Army Capt. Gerrard Spinney (right) speaks to his Iraqi army counterpart from the Ninawa Operations Command prior to a security meeting at Camp Swift, Iraq, earlier this month. 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/AP hide caption

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An Iraqi man prays in 2015 for his slain relative, at the site of a mass grave, believed to contain the bodies of Iraqi soldiers killed by Islamic State group militants when they overran Camp Speicher military base, in Tikrit, Iraq. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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