October 18, 2016 19:22 IST

Battle for Mosul: Operation to retake Iraqi city from IS begins

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A member of Peshmerga forces stands on a military vehicle in the east of Mosul. Credit: Reuters
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Tanks move past soldiers in military fatigues as the sun begins to set east of Mosul, where the Iraqi government launched a U.S.-backed offensive to drive Islamic State from the northern city, in this still image taken from video released October 17, 2016. Credit: Reuters
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Peshmerga forces are seen in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. Credit: Reuters
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Smoke rises from clashes in the east of Mosul during clashes with Islamic State militants, Iraq. Credit: Reuters
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Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul. Credit: Reuters