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Iraqi security forces advancing Thursday towards the town of Faysh Khabur, which is located on the Turkish and Syrian borders in the Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region. Ahmad al-Rubaye /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi forces use heavy equipment to damage a poster of Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk, as Baghdad seeks to take control of the city from the Kurds. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A teacher greets students on the first day of elementary school in Mosul, where regular classes have started for the first time since ISIS took over the northern Iraqi city three years ago. Hundreds of schools were damaged or destroyed in the fighting to take back Mosul. Others that have reopened lack books and basic supplies. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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After 3 Years Under ISIS, Mosul's Children Go Back To School

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Jalal Talabani, shown here in 2003 in Istanbul, died Tuesday in Germany at age 83. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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As Kurdish Leader And Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani Brought People Together

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Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, purportedly seen here in video posted in 2014, had not been heard publicly for nearly a year — until Thursday, when ISIS released a possible audio recording of Baghdadi. AP hide caption

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Kurds wave Israeli flags at a Kurdish independence rally. Israel is the only country in the region to support the referendum. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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What To Know About The Independence Referendum In Iraqi Kurdistan

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A camp where more than 1,300 women and children, all foreign nationals and believed to be relatives of Islamic State militants, were kept on the outskirts of Mosul. They have been moved by Iraqi officials, to the concern of aid agencies. Balint Szlanko/AP hide caption

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Bashar Abdul Jabar lost his 15-year-old son, Ahmed, when part of their house collapsed during fighting between Iraqi troops and ISIS. He returned to the city to retrieve his boy's body with the help of civil defense forces. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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This composite photo shows former Blackwater guards Dustin Heard (from left), Evan Liberty, Nicholas Slatten and Paul Slough. A federal appeals court has thrown out a murder conviction against Slatten and ordered resentencing of the other three men. AP hide caption

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Ruins are all that remain of the 12th century Great Mosque of al-Nuri, where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared three years ago that an Islamic state was rising again. ISIS blew the mosque up as Iraqi forces advanced. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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