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PHOTO GALLERY: Iraqi forces have recaptured ground in Mosul




firefighters rest after trying to extinguish burning oil wells in Qayara, some 50 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq. When Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants from the town of Qayara in August, it was hailed as an early triumph over extremists. But the government has failed to restore lost services, violent revenge attacks persist, and some residents are bitter and angry. (AP)

The Iraqi army prepares to fire a 155mm shell towards Islamic State militant positions in Mosul, from the village of Ali Rash, east of Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (AP)

A member of Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fighter walks with his weapon during a battle with Islamic State militants in west of Mosul, Iraq November 14, 2016. (Reuters)

A soldier from the Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division carrying an anti tank missile takes up a position to prepare for a suicide bomb vehicle that was reported to be moving towards their position as they engage with Islamic State (IS) group fighters in Mosul's Karkukli neighbourhood on November 14, 2016. (AFP)

Iraqi army soldiers from the Ninth Armored Division, 109th artillery battalion, stand in front their 155mm mobile artillery unit, as they shout slogans and celebrate after they received informaiton that their shell accurately hit an Islamic State militants target, at Ali Rash village east of Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (AP)
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The Iraqi army fires a 155mm shell towards Islamic State militant positions in Mosul, from the village of Ali Rash, east of Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (AP)

An Iraqi special forces soldier jumps over a wall in Mosul, Iraq November 14, 2016. (Reuters)

The Iraqi army fires a 155mm shell towards Islamic State militant positions in Mosul, from the village of Ali Rash, east of Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Iraq launched a major offensive last month to drive IS out of the northern city, the country's second largest, which is still home to more than 1 million civilians. (AP)

A soldier from the Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division aims his gun down an alley as he secures a building as they claimed another block while engaging with Islamic State (IS) group fighters in Mosul's Karkukli neighbourhood on November 14, 2016. (AFP)