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Kurdish peshmerga fighters keep watch during the battle with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Mosul on Jan. 21. Azad Lashkari/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Under ISIS, Life In Mosul Takes A Turn For The Bleak

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David Petraeus speaks in Los Angeles on Nov. 7, 2014. The former head of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq tells The Washington Post that Iran and Shiite-backed militias pose a greater threat to Iraq than the self-described Islamic State. Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images hide caption

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Shiite fighters and Sunni fighters, who have joined Shiite militia groups known collectively as Hashid Shaabi ("Popular Mobilization") to fight the Islamic State, gesture Tuesday next to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's palaces in the Iraqi town of Ouja, near Tikrit. Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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In Tikrit Offensive, Local Sunnis, Shiite Militias Are Unlikely Allies

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Some of the artifacts that were handed over to Iraq during a ceremony Monday in Washington, D.C. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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U.S. Returns Dozens Of Looted Artifacts To Iraq

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Shiite militiamen pose with their banner (right) next to a captured — and upside-down — ISIS flag (left) in Tikrit, Iraq. Militias are bolstering Iraqi forces in a major operation to retake the city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Mohammed al-Mozani/AP hide caption

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Iraq's push into Tikrit follows its retaking of the nearby town of al-Alam on Tuesday. There, a woman welcomed a relative who is fighting with a militia that's backing Iraqi troops. Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Dura Europos, a Roman walled city in eastern Syria, dates back to 330 B.C. The main gate is shown here in a photo from 2010. It's one of the many important archaeological sites militants of the self-styled Islamic State have ransacked and damaged. EPA /Deir Ezz-Zour Antiquities Department/Landov hide caption

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Via Satellite, Tracking The Plunder Of Middle East Cultural History

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Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters fire artillery during clashes with ISIS militants in Salahuddin province. The push to retake Tikrit is being aided by Iran, which is providing rockets and other support to Iraq. THAIER AL-SUDANI/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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With Iran's Help, Iraqi Force Pushes Toward ISIS-Held Tikrit

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Members of Iraqi security forces drive toward an area south of Tikrit, Iraq, over the weekend. An Iraqi force has launched a military offensive, hoping to push ISIS out of Tikrit. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Then-U.S. ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill (right) tours the Mosul Museum of History in May 2009. This week the self-declared Islamic State posted a video online that showed militants going through the museum, pushing over statues and smashing artifacts with sledgehammers. Mujahed Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Construction workers at the Erbil Citadel, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site last year. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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After 6,000 Years, Time For A Renovation At Iraq's Citadel

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An Iraqi child who fled fighting between the so-called Islamic State and Kurdish peshmerga is among the some 3,000 people living at the Baharka camp, near Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on Jan. 16. Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Brutal ISIS Tactics Create New Levels Of Trauma Among Iraqis

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