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Retrospective: Fifteen years in Iraq

A U.S. soldier watches as a statue of Iraq\u0027s President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad, April 9, 2003.   REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A U.S. soldier watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad, April 9, 2003. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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An explosion rocks Baghdad during air strikes, March 21, 2003. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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An explosion rocks Baghdad during air strikes, March 21, 2003. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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A U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds an Iraqi child in central Iraq, March 29, 2003. Confused front line crossfire ripped apart an Iraqi family after local soldiers appeared to force civilians towards positions held by U.S. Marines. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds an Iraqi child in central Iraq, March 29, 2003. Confused front line crossfire ripped apart an Iraqi family after local soldiers appeared to force civilians towards positions held by U.S. Marines. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
An Iraqi girl holds her sister as she waits for her mother (R) to bring over food bought in Basra, March 29, 2003.  REUTERS/Jerry Lampen
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An Iraqi girl holds her sister as she waits for her mother (R) to bring over food bought in Basra, March 29, 2003. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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A body of Iraqi man lies by the road side north of Al Nassiriyah, March 25, 2003. 

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A body of Iraqi man lies by the road side north of Al Nassiriyah, March 25, 2003. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
A Marine of the U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit Fox Company \u0027Raiders\u0027 replaces the Iraqi flag at the entrance to Iraq\u0027s main port of Umm Qasr,  with the Stars and Stripes and the flag of the Marine Corps, March 21, 2003.
REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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A Marine of the U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit Fox Company 'Raiders' replaces the Iraqi flag at the entrance to Iraq's main port of Umm Qasr, with the Stars and Stripes and the flag of the Marine Corps, March 21, 2003. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
A family flees past a destroyed Iraqi T-55 tank after a mortar attack on British Army positions in the southern city of Basra, March 28, 2003. Iraqi forces fired on about 2,000 civilians trying to flee fighting and a humanitarian crisis in the beseiged southern city of Basra, forcing some to
turn back. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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A family flees past a destroyed Iraqi T-55 tank after a mortar attack on British Army positions in the southern city of Basra, March 28, 2003. Iraqi forces fired on about 2,000 civilians trying to flee fighting and a humanitarian crisis in the beseiged southern city of Basra, forcing some to turn back. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
Soldiers with the 3/21 of the U.S. Army\u0027s Stryker Brigade secure a police station which had been over-run by insurgents during heavy fighting in Mosul, November 19, 2004.  REUTERS/Bob Strong
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Soldiers with the 3/21 of the U.S. Army's Stryker Brigade secure a police station which had been over-run by insurgents during heavy fighting in Mosul, November 19, 2004. REUTERS/Bob Strong

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
U.S. Army Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters fly over Baghdad as smoke rises from the Dhora electric generating station where one turbine is operating and 
supplying electricity to about 20% of Baghdad, April 28, 2003. The smoke behind the power station is caused by looters. 

REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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U.S. Army Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters fly over Baghdad as smoke rises from the Dhora electric generating station where one turbine is operating and supplying electricity to about 20% of Baghdad, April 28, 2003. The smoke behind the power station is caused by looters. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
A U.S. soldier and Iraqi policeman search a room as an Iraqi child sleeps on the bed during a joint raid by the 401 Military Police Company of the U.S. army and the Iraqi police in Tikrit, northwest of Baghdad, September 29, 2003. 

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A U.S. soldier and Iraqi policeman search a room as an Iraqi child sleeps on the bed during a joint raid by the 401 Military Police Company of the U.S. army and the Iraqi police in Tikrit, northwest of Baghdad, September 29, 2003. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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U.S. soldiers pray during a memorial service for late PFC Allen Brenton Jaynes from Texas, in the U.S. forces army camp in Baghdad, January 26, 2007.    REUTERS/Erik de Castro
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U.S. soldiers pray during a memorial service for late PFC Allen Brenton Jaynes from Texas, in the U.S. forces army camp in Baghdad, January 26, 2007. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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A detained Iraqi man with a plastic bag covering his head sits in garden of a house searched by U.S. soldiers during a night raid in Tikrit, October 30, 2003. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A detained Iraqi man with a plastic bag covering his head sits in garden of a house searched by U.S. soldiers during a night raid in Tikrit, October 30, 2003. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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An Iraqi detainee gestures toward U.S. soldiers through bars of his cell at Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, May 17, 2004.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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An Iraqi detainee gestures toward U.S. soldiers through bars of his cell at Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, May 17, 2004. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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A frame grab taken from website video May 2004 footage shows a man, who identified himself as Nick Berg of Philadelphia seated in front of his five masked captors moments before he was executed.  REUTERS/Reuters TV
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A frame grab taken from website video May 2004 footage shows a man, who identified himself as Nick Berg of Philadelphia seated in front of his five masked captors moments before he was executed. REUTERS/Reuters TV

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
U.S. Marine platoon Gunnery Sergeant, Ryan P. Shane (C), from the 1st Battalion of the 8th Marine Regiment and another member of 1/8 pull a fatally wounded comrade to safety while under fire during a military operation in Falluja, December 17, 2004. Seconds later Sgt. Shane was also injured by nearby enemy fire. 

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U.S. Marine platoon Gunnery Sergeant, Ryan P. Shane (C), from the 1st Battalion of the 8th Marine Regiment and another member of 1/8 pull a fatally wounded comrade to safety while under fire during a military operation in Falluja, December 17, 2004. Seconds later Sgt. Shane was also injured by nearby enemy fire. REUTERS/HO/USMC/Cpl. Joel A. Chaverri

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
British troops covered in flames from a petrol bomb thrown during a violent protest by job seekers, who say they were promised employment in the security services, in the southern Iraq city of Basra, March 22, 2004.  REUTERS/Atef Hassan
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British troops covered in flames from a petrol bomb thrown during a violent protest by job seekers, who say they were promised employment in the security services, in the southern Iraq city of Basra, March 22, 2004. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

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A group of Iraqi boys gather to watch smoke billowing from burning oil on the outskirts of the town of Baiji, north of Baghdad, March 15, 2005. REUTERS/Sabah Hamid
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A group of Iraqi boys gather to watch smoke billowing from burning oil on the outskirts of the town of Baiji, north of Baghdad, March 15, 2005. REUTERS/Sabah Hamid

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An Iraqi man suspected of having explosives in his car is held after being arrested by the U.S army near Baquba, Iraq, October 15, 2005. 


 REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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An Iraqi man suspected of having explosives in his car is held after being arrested by the U.S army near Baquba, Iraq, October 15, 2005. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein argues with prosecutors while testifying during cross-examination at his trial in Baghdad\u0027s Green Zone, April 5, 2006.    REUTERS/David Furst/Pool
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Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein argues with prosecutors while testifying during cross-examination at his trial in Baghdad's Green Zone, April 5, 2006. REUTERS/David Furst/Pool

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
A row of U.S. Army helmets perched on M-16 rifles during a memorial at Al Asad air base for the 15 victims of a Chinook helicopter shot down by insurgents, November 6, 2003. 
REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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A row of U.S. Army helmets perched on M-16 rifles during a memorial at Al Asad air base for the 15 victims of a Chinook helicopter shot down by insurgents, November 6, 2003. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
A U.S. soldier displays the picture of the dead Al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, during a news conference at the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, June 8, 2006.   REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz
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A U.S. soldier displays the picture of the dead Al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, during a news conference at the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, June 8, 2006. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
An Iraqi girl holds her hands up while U.S. and Iraqi soldiers search her family house in Baquba, June 30, 2007. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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An Iraqi girl holds her hands up while U.S. and Iraqi soldiers search her family house in Baquba, June 30, 2007. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
An Iraqi police officer checks a donkey, pulling a disabled man on a cart, before allowing it to enter a polling station in the country\u0027s second largest city of Basra, January 30, 2005. 

REUTERS/Atef Hassan
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An Iraqi police officer checks a donkey, pulling a disabled man on a cart, before allowing it to enter a polling station in the country's second largest city of Basra, January 30, 2005. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
Bodies of Iraqis killed in an explosion at a busy market lie inside a hospital morgue in Baghdad, May 9, 2004.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Bodies of Iraqis killed in an explosion at a busy market lie inside a hospital morgue in Baghdad, May 9, 2004. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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U.S. soldiers push the car of an Iraqi man to start the engine at a checkpoint in north Baghdad, June 13, 2007. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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U.S. soldiers push the car of an Iraqi man to start the engine at a checkpoint in north Baghdad, June 13, 2007. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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U.S. soldiers blindfold an Iraqi man after arresting him during a night patrol at the Zafraniya neighborhood, southeast of Baghdad, September 4, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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U.S. soldiers blindfold an Iraqi man after arresting him during a night patrol at the Zafraniya neighborhood, southeast of Baghdad, September 4, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
A man runs down a street  warning people to flee shortly after a twin car bomb attack at Shorja market in Baghdad, February 12, 2007.    REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz
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A man runs down a street warning people to flee shortly after a twin car bomb attack at Shorja market in Baghdad, February 12, 2007. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

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Stretchers are left against the wall after victims of the bomb attack were brought to a morgue in Baghdad, August 10, 2006. REUTERS/Ali Jasim
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Stretchers are left against the wall after victims of the bomb attack were brought to a morgue in Baghdad, August 10, 2006. REUTERS/Ali Jasim

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
A U.S. flag with greetings from home is decorated in an emergency room of the 28th Combat Support hospital in the Green Zone in Baghdad, August 18, 2007. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A U.S. flag with greetings from home is decorated in an emergency room of the 28th Combat Support hospital in the Green Zone in Baghdad, August 18, 2007. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
An Iraqi man unbuttons his shirt as U.S. soldiers point their laser sights on him during an operation near Baiji oil refinery, December 24, 2007. REUTERS/Bob Strong
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An Iraqi man unbuttons his shirt as U.S. soldiers point their laser sights on him during an operation near Baiji oil refinery, December 24, 2007. REUTERS/Bob Strong

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Men try to push a vehicle away from the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad, April 5, 2007.    REUTERS/Stringer
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Men try to push a vehicle away from the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad, April 5, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

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An Iraqi baby lies in a cradle while a woman argues with U.S. soldiers of 1/8 Bravo Company searching for weapons, explosives and information about militants in the area during a foot patrol in a neighbourhood of Mosul, June 26, 2008. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
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An Iraqi baby lies in a cradle while a woman argues with U.S. soldiers of 1/8 Bravo Company searching for weapons, explosives and information about militants in the area during a foot patrol in a neighbourhood of Mosul, June 26, 2008. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
U.S. President George W. Bush with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice following remarks to the press after nightfall at Al-Asad airbase in Anbar Province, September 3, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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U.S. President George W. Bush with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice following remarks to the press after nightfall at Al-Asad airbase in Anbar Province, September 3, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
Relatives grieve as the bodies of policemen are transported to a hospital morgue in Kirkuk, August 12, 2007.
REUTERS/Slahaldeen Rasheed
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Relatives grieve as the bodies of policemen are transported to a hospital morgue in Kirkuk, August 12, 2007. REUTERS/Slahaldeen Rasheed

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Iraqi police remove a suicide vest from a teenage Iraqi girl in Baquba, August 24, 2008. 

REUTERS/Iraqi Police
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Iraqi police remove a suicide vest from a teenage Iraqi girl in Baquba, August 24, 2008. REUTERS/Iraqi Police

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A U.S. medic talks to an Iraqi woman as he holds her injured son at the emergency room of 28th Combat Support hospital in Baghdad, August 21, 2007.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A U.S. medic talks to an Iraqi woman as he holds her injured son at the emergency room of 28th Combat Support hospital in Baghdad, August 21, 2007. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Smoke rises near the Iraqi Ministry of Justice, shortly after a blast, in Baghdad, October 25, 2009. 

REUTERS/Stringer
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Smoke rises near the Iraqi Ministry of Justice, shortly after a blast, in Baghdad, October 25, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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Iraqi soldiers look at a former colleague as he runs with a new prosthetic leg during the opening of an Iraqi military hospital in Baghdad, January 19, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen
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Iraqi soldiers look at a former colleague as he runs with a new prosthetic leg during the opening of an Iraqi military hospital in Baghdad, January 19, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

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U.S. Air Force Major Stacie Shafran carries her luggage to a loading paddock while waiting for her departure from Iraq at the former U.S. Sather Air Base near Baghdad, December 14, 2011. 

REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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U.S. Air Force Major Stacie Shafran carries her luggage to a loading paddock while waiting for her departure from Iraq at the former U.S. Sather Air Base near Baghdad, December 14, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles drive through Camp Adder before departing Imam Ali Base near Nasiriyah as the last U.S. convoy of soldiers pulled out of Iraq, December 16, 2011.  REUTERS/Mario Tama/Pool
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U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles drive through Camp Adder before departing Imam Ali Base near Nasiriyah as the last U.S. convoy of soldiers pulled out of Iraq, December 16, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Tama/Pool

Mar 21, 2018 1:55 PM EDT
Kuwaiti and U.S. soldiers close the border gate after the last vehicle crossed into Kuwait during the US miltary\u0027s withdrawal from Iraq, December 18, 2011. 
REUTERS/Caren Firouz
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Kuwaiti and U.S. soldiers close the border gate after the last vehicle crossed into Kuwait during the US miltary's withdrawal from Iraq, December 18, 2011. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

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An Iraqi boy is taken away from a suspected militant, who has been accused of killing his father at the height of the sectarian slaughter in 2006-07, during a presentation to the media at the Interior Ministry in Baghdad, November 21, 2011. REUTERS/Saad Shalash
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An Iraqi boy is taken away from a suspected militant, who has been accused of killing his father at the height of the sectarian slaughter in 2006-07, during a presentation to the media at the Interior Ministry in Baghdad, November 21, 2011. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

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An explosion is seen during a car bomb attack at a Shi\u0027ite political organisation\u0027s rally in Baghdad, April 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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An explosion is seen during a car bomb attack at a Shi'ite political organisation's rally in Baghdad, April 25, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

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Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take their positions during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State  in the city of Ramadi, June 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer
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Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take their positions during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in the city of Ramadi, June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border, August 11, 2014. 
 REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border, August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said

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A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province, August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
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A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province, August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

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Iraqi security forces hold an Islamist State flag near the bodies of dead Islamic State members in the outskirts of Ramadi, December 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi security forces hold an Islamist State flag near the bodies of dead Islamic State members in the outskirts of Ramadi, December 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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Shi\u0027ite fighters fire a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province, March 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Ahmed Al-Hussaini
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Shi'ite fighters fire a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province, March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Al-Hussaini

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A member from the Iraqi security forces beats an Islamic State insurgent, who was captured in Tikrit, April 1, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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A member from the Iraqi security forces beats an Islamic State insurgent, who was captured in Tikrit, April 1, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

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A female Kurdistan Workers Party fighter stands near a security position in Sinjar, on the front line of the battle against Islamic State, March 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
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A female Kurdistan Workers Party fighter stands near a security position in Sinjar, on the front line of the battle against Islamic State, March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

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Newly displaced people wait to receive food supplies at a processing center for displaced people In Qayyara, south of Mosul, October 21, 2016. 


REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Newly displaced people wait to receive food supplies at a processing center for displaced people In Qayyara, south of Mosul, October 21, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

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A man cries as he carries his daughter while walking from an Islamic State-controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, March 4, 2017.



REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A man cries as he carries his daughter while walking from an Islamic State-controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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Members of Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) forces look at the positions of Islamic State militants during clashes in western Mosul, May 15, 2017. 



REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Members of Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) forces look at the positions of Islamic State militants during clashes in western Mosul, May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Members of the Iraqi army drop leaflets over the old city of Mosul, June 18, 2017. 



REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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Members of the Iraqi army drop leaflets over the old city of Mosul, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

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