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 A convoy of Iraqi 15th Division Humvees create their own path through the desert of Ninewa Plains on route to the newly retaken Qayyara military airbase, known to US forces as Q-West.

A convoy of Iraqi 15th Division Humvees create their own path through the desert of Ninewa Plains on route to the newly retaken Qayyara military airbase, known to US forces as Q-West.

 Iraqi Peshmerga forces shoot at Islamic State targets during an operation to retake several villages in the Nineveh plains, southeast of Mosul. August, 2016.

Iraqi Peshmerga forces shoot at Islamic State targets during an operation to retake several villages in the Nineveh plains, southeast of Mosul. August, 2016.

 A family flees on foot from ongoing fighting between the Iraqi army and Islamic State militants south of Qayyara, June 2016.

A family flees on foot from ongoing fighting between the Iraqi army and Islamic State militants south of Qayyara, June 2016.

 Kurdish forces look at Shia militiamen positions inside Tuz Khurmatu. Clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia Hashed al-Shaabi continue for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. April 26, 2016.

Kurdish forces look at Shia militiamen positions inside Tuz Khurmatu. Clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia Hashed al-Shaabi continue for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. April 26, 2016.

 A Peshmerga fighter reaches to reload new rounds of ammunition during a moment of heavy incoming fire from jihadists of the Islamic State.

A Peshmerga fighter reaches to reload new rounds of ammunition during a moment of heavy incoming fire from jihadists of the Islamic State.

 Blood of an Islamic State fighter dries on the top of a Iraqi Peshmerga Humvee. The body of the killed ISIS fighter was displayed and paraded on top of the Humvee before being disregarded in the dry grassy field.

Blood of an Islamic State fighter dries on the top of a Iraqi Peshmerga Humvee. The body of the killed ISIS fighter was displayed and paraded on top of the Humvee before being disregarded in the dry grassy field.

 Two displaced Iraqis gather around a water tank at a Peshmerga checkpoint after fleeing ongoing fighting between the Iraqi Army and the Islamic State in the Nineveh plains. June 2016.

Two displaced Iraqis gather around a water tank at a Peshmerga checkpoint after fleeing ongoing fighting between the Iraqi Army and the Islamic State in the Nineveh plains. June 2016.

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 A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter inside the city of Tuz Khurmatu. Clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia Hashed al-Shaabi continue for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. April 26, 2016.

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter inside the city of Tuz Khurmatu. Clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia Hashed al-Shaabi continue for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. April 26, 2016.

 Peshmerga forces during an operation to retake villages under the control of the Islamic State, southeast of Mosul, Iraq. August, 2016.

Peshmerga forces during an operation to retake villages under the control of the Islamic State, southeast of Mosul, Iraq. August, 2016.

 Dust kicked up from a discharged missile launcher clears around the Iraqi Peshmerga forces as they watch to see where the rocket landed during one of their offensives to retake territory from the Islamic State. The Iraqi Peshmerga have been one of the most successful fighting forces against the Islamic State in Iraq, holding a 700-mile frontline from the Syrian to Iranian border. Subsequently the force has also extended Kurdish controlled territory by 50% as they clear areas occupied by the Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Dust kicked up from a discharged missile launcher clears around the Iraqi Peshmerga forces as they watch to see where the rocket landed during one of their offensives to retake territory from the Islamic State. The Iraqi Peshmerga have been one of the most successful fighting forces against the Islamic State in Iraq, holding a 700-mile frontline from the Syrian to Iranian border. Subsequently the force has also extended Kurdish controlled territory by 50% as they clear areas occupied by the Islamic State in northern Iraq.

 Sweat drips off an Iraqi Peshmerga fighter due to the sweltering heat inside an armored vehicle during a mid-summer battle in northern Iraq. The Peshmerga have been responsible for much of the ‘shaping operation’ that laid the ground work for the Iraqi Army offensive on Mosul from the east later in the year. In 2015, the Peshmerga took a sizable amount of territory back from the hardline Sunni militants.

Sweat drips off an Iraqi Peshmerga fighter due to the sweltering heat inside an armored vehicle during a mid-summer battle in northern Iraq. The Peshmerga have been responsible for much of the ‘shaping operation’ that laid the ground work for the Iraqi Army offensive on Mosul from the east later in the year. In 2015, the Peshmerga took a sizable amount of territory back from the hardline Sunni militants.

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 Displaced woman and children get out of a Iraqi armored vehicle once they arrive at a Peshmerga screening checkpoint near Makhmour, Iraq. When possible, the Iraqi army transports families to the screening point where they then wait for Kurdish forces to approve their transportation to UN camps set up inside Kurdish-controlled territory.

Displaced woman and children get out of a Iraqi armored vehicle once they arrive at a Peshmerga screening checkpoint near Makhmour, Iraq. When possible, the Iraqi army transports families to the screening point where they then wait for Kurdish forces to approve their transportation to UN camps set up inside Kurdish-controlled territory.

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 Around 2,000 new displaced Arab Iraqis wait to be resettled in displacement camps in Dibaga, Iraq after the Iraqi Defense Forces liberated their villages from the Islamic State in the latest advances in the Ninewa offensive.

Around 2,000 new displaced Arab Iraqis wait to be resettled in displacement camps in Dibaga, Iraq after the Iraqi Defense Forces liberated their villages from the Islamic State in the latest advances in the Ninewa offensive.

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 Peshmerga forces take refuge against a concrete wall of a house after the death of one of their colleagues during an operation to retake territory under the control of the Islamic State in the Nineveh plains, Iraq.

Peshmerga forces take refuge against a concrete wall of a house after the death of one of their colleagues during an operation to retake territory under the control of the Islamic State in the Nineveh plains, Iraq.

 Iraqi soldiers driving through the Nineveh province, 60 km south of Mosul.

Iraqi soldiers driving through the Nineveh province, 60 km south of Mosul.

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 A Peshmerga transport bus kicks up dust along the Gwar frontline. Nineveh plains.

A Peshmerga transport bus kicks up dust along the Gwar frontline. Nineveh plains.

 A headless, handless body of an Islamic State fighter abandoned in the middle of the desert of the Nineveh plains.

A headless, handless body of an Islamic State fighter abandoned in the middle of the desert of the Nineveh plains.

 The body of a decomposing Islamic State fighter is left out to rot in the middle of the dusty Nineveh plains with twisted electricity wires seen around the wrists of the fighter. July 5, 2016.

The body of a decomposing Islamic State fighter is left out to rot in the middle of the dusty Nineveh plains with twisted electricity wires seen around the wrists of the fighter. July 5, 2016.

 Villagers prepare a lunch for the soldiers of the Iraqi army after their town was liberated from the Islamic State, Nineveh province, south of Mosul. 

Villagers prepare a lunch for the soldiers of the Iraqi army after their town was liberated from the Islamic State, Nineveh province, south of Mosul. 

 A young girl screams in excitement to her photo being taken. After living under Islamic State occupation, her village was retaken by the Iraqi Army in the summer 2016.

A young girl screams in excitement to her photo being taken. After living under Islamic State occupation, her village was retaken by the Iraqi Army in the summer 2016.

 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters inside the city of Tuz Khurmatu. Clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia Hashed al-Shaabi continue for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. April 26, 2016.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters inside the city of Tuz Khurmatu. Clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia Hashed al-Shaabi continue for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. April 26, 2016.

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 A solider in the Kurdish Peshmerga looks out over the frontline from his watchtower in a small outpost in Makhmour, Iraq. Makhmour, roughly 60 miles south of Mosul, is the staging point for the Iraqi national army and Kurdish Peshmerga to lead the offensive to take back Mosul from the Islamic State.

A solider in the Kurdish Peshmerga looks out over the frontline from his watchtower in a small outpost in Makhmour, Iraq. Makhmour, roughly 60 miles south of Mosul, is the staging point for the Iraqi national army and Kurdish Peshmerga to lead the offensive to take back Mosul from the Islamic State.

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 A Kurdish boy peers over the edge of the counter in his father's gun shop.

A Kurdish boy peers over the edge of the counter in his father's gun shop.

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 Fatima Samir, 3, is buried in her village of Taza south of Kirkuk, Iraq. Taza, an exclusively Turkmen village next to Basheer village which ISIS militants overran in June, 2014, has been subjected to routine rocket attacks, including chemical attacks, from ISIS. Fatima was exposed to a chemical attack in the village. She died a few days later in Kirkuk hospital, where over 400 residence are being treated for exposure to chemical agents.

Fatima Samir, 3, is buried in her village of Taza south of Kirkuk, Iraq. Taza, an exclusively Turkmen village next to Basheer village which ISIS militants overran in June, 2014, has been subjected to routine rocket attacks, including chemical attacks, from ISIS. Fatima was exposed to a chemical attack in the village. She died a few days later in Kirkuk hospital, where over 400 residence are being treated for exposure to chemical agents.

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 An Iraqi looks at three coalition Apaches in the distance over Makhmour, Iraq.

An Iraqi looks at three coalition Apaches in the distance over Makhmour, Iraq.

A convoy of Iraqi 15th Division Humvees create their own path through the desert of Ninewa Plains on route to the newly retaken Qayyara military airbase, known to US forces as Q-West.

Iraqi Peshmerga forces shoot at Islamic State targets during an operation to retake several villages in the Nineveh plains, southeast of Mosul. August, 2016.

A family flees on foot from ongoing fighting between the Iraqi army and Islamic State militants south of Qayyara, June 2016.

Kurdish forces look at Shia militiamen positions inside Tuz Khurmatu. Clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia Hashed al-Shaabi continue for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. April 26, 2016.

A Peshmerga fighter reaches to reload new rounds of ammunition during a moment of heavy incoming fire from jihadists of the Islamic State.

Blood of an Islamic State fighter dries on the top of a Iraqi Peshmerga Humvee. The body of the killed ISIS fighter was displayed and paraded on top of the Humvee before being disregarded in the dry grassy field.

Two displaced Iraqis gather around a water tank at a Peshmerga checkpoint after fleeing ongoing fighting between the Iraqi Army and the Islamic State in the Nineveh plains. June 2016.

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter inside the city of Tuz Khurmatu. Clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia Hashed al-Shaabi continue for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. April 26, 2016.

Peshmerga forces during an operation to retake villages under the control of the Islamic State, southeast of Mosul, Iraq. August, 2016.

Dust kicked up from a discharged missile launcher clears around the Iraqi Peshmerga forces as they watch to see where the rocket landed during one of their offensives to retake territory from the Islamic State. The Iraqi Peshmerga have been one of the most successful fighting forces against the Islamic State in Iraq, holding a 700-mile frontline from the Syrian to Iranian border. Subsequently the force has also extended Kurdish controlled territory by 50% as they clear areas occupied by the Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Sweat drips off an Iraqi Peshmerga fighter due to the sweltering heat inside an armored vehicle during a mid-summer battle in northern Iraq. The Peshmerga have been responsible for much of the ‘shaping operation’ that laid the ground work for the Iraqi Army offensive on Mosul from the east later in the year. In 2015, the Peshmerga took a sizable amount of territory back from the hardline Sunni militants.

Displaced woman and children get out of a Iraqi armored vehicle once they arrive at a Peshmerga screening checkpoint near Makhmour, Iraq. When possible, the Iraqi army transports families to the screening point where they then wait for Kurdish forces to approve their transportation to UN camps set up inside Kurdish-controlled territory.

Around 2,000 new displaced Arab Iraqis wait to be resettled in displacement camps in Dibaga, Iraq after the Iraqi Defense Forces liberated their villages from the Islamic State in the latest advances in the Ninewa offensive.

Peshmerga forces take refuge against a concrete wall of a house after the death of one of their colleagues during an operation to retake territory under the control of the Islamic State in the Nineveh plains, Iraq.

Iraqi soldiers driving through the Nineveh province, 60 km south of Mosul.

A Peshmerga transport bus kicks up dust along the Gwar frontline. Nineveh plains.

A headless, handless body of an Islamic State fighter abandoned in the middle of the desert of the Nineveh plains.

The body of a decomposing Islamic State fighter is left out to rot in the middle of the dusty Nineveh plains with twisted electricity wires seen around the wrists of the fighter. July 5, 2016.

Villagers prepare a lunch for the soldiers of the Iraqi army after their town was liberated from the Islamic State, Nineveh province, south of Mosul. 

A young girl screams in excitement to her photo being taken. After living under Islamic State occupation, her village was retaken by the Iraqi Army in the summer 2016.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters inside the city of Tuz Khurmatu. Clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia Hashed al-Shaabi continue for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. April 26, 2016.

A solider in the Kurdish Peshmerga looks out over the frontline from his watchtower in a small outpost in Makhmour, Iraq. Makhmour, roughly 60 miles south of Mosul, is the staging point for the Iraqi national army and Kurdish Peshmerga to lead the offensive to take back Mosul from the Islamic State.

A Kurdish boy peers over the edge of the counter in his father's gun shop.

Fatima Samir, 3, is buried in her village of Taza south of Kirkuk, Iraq. Taza, an exclusively Turkmen village next to Basheer village which ISIS militants overran in June, 2014, has been subjected to routine rocket attacks, including chemical attacks, from ISIS. Fatima was exposed to a chemical attack in the village. She died a few days later in Kirkuk hospital, where over 400 residence are being treated for exposure to chemical agents.

An Iraqi looks at three coalition Apaches in the distance over Makhmour, Iraq.

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 A convoy of Iraqi 15th Division Humvees create their own path through the desert of Ninewa Plains on route to the newly retaken Qayyara military airbase, known to US forces as Q-West.
 Iraqi Peshmerga forces shoot at Islamic State targets during an operation to retake several villages in the Nineveh plains, southeast of Mosul. August, 2016.
 A family flees on foot from ongoing fighting between the Iraqi army and Islamic State militants south of Qayyara, June 2016.
 Kurdish forces look at Shia militiamen positions inside Tuz Khurmatu. Clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia Hashed al-Shaabi continue for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. April 26, 2016.
 A Peshmerga fighter reaches to reload new rounds of ammunition during a moment of heavy incoming fire from jihadists of the Islamic State.
 Blood of an Islamic State fighter dries on the top of a Iraqi Peshmerga Humvee. The body of the killed ISIS fighter was displayed and paraded on top of the Humvee before being disregarded in the dry grassy field.
 Two displaced Iraqis gather around a water tank at a Peshmerga checkpoint after fleeing ongoing fighting between the Iraqi Army and the Islamic State in the Nineveh plains. June 2016.
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 A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter inside the city of Tuz Khurmatu. Clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia Hashed al-Shaabi continue for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. April 26, 2016.
 Peshmerga forces during an operation to retake villages under the control of the Islamic State, southeast of Mosul, Iraq. August, 2016.
 Dust kicked up from a discharged missile launcher clears around the Iraqi Peshmerga forces as they watch to see where the rocket landed during one of their offensives to retake territory from the Islamic State. The Iraqi Peshmerga have been one of the most successful fighting forces against the Islamic State in Iraq, holding a 700-mile frontline from the Syrian to Iranian border. Subsequently the force has also extended Kurdish controlled territory by 50% as they clear areas occupied by the Islamic State in northern Iraq.
 Sweat drips off an Iraqi Peshmerga fighter due to the sweltering heat inside an armored vehicle during a mid-summer battle in northern Iraq. The Peshmerga have been responsible for much of the ‘shaping operation’ that laid the ground work for the Iraqi Army offensive on Mosul from the east later in the year. In 2015, the Peshmerga took a sizable amount of territory back from the hardline Sunni militants.
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 Displaced woman and children get out of a Iraqi armored vehicle once they arrive at a Peshmerga screening checkpoint near Makhmour, Iraq. When possible, the Iraqi army transports families to the screening point where they then wait for Kurdish forces to approve their transportation to UN camps set up inside Kurdish-controlled territory.
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 Around 2,000 new displaced Arab Iraqis wait to be resettled in displacement camps in Dibaga, Iraq after the Iraqi Defense Forces liberated their villages from the Islamic State in the latest advances in the Ninewa offensive.
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 Peshmerga forces take refuge against a concrete wall of a house after the death of one of their colleagues during an operation to retake territory under the control of the Islamic State in the Nineveh plains, Iraq.
 Iraqi soldiers driving through the Nineveh province, 60 km south of Mosul.
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 A Peshmerga transport bus kicks up dust along the Gwar frontline. Nineveh plains.
 A headless, handless body of an Islamic State fighter abandoned in the middle of the desert of the Nineveh plains.
 The body of a decomposing Islamic State fighter is left out to rot in the middle of the dusty Nineveh plains with twisted electricity wires seen around the wrists of the fighter. July 5, 2016.
 Villagers prepare a lunch for the soldiers of the Iraqi army after their town was liberated from the Islamic State, Nineveh province, south of Mosul. 
 A young girl screams in excitement to her photo being taken. After living under Islamic State occupation, her village was retaken by the Iraqi Army in the summer 2016.
 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters inside the city of Tuz Khurmatu. Clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia Hashed al-Shaabi continue for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. April 26, 2016.
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 A solider in the Kurdish Peshmerga looks out over the frontline from his watchtower in a small outpost in Makhmour, Iraq. Makhmour, roughly 60 miles south of Mosul, is the staging point for the Iraqi national army and Kurdish Peshmerga to lead the offensive to take back Mosul from the Islamic State.
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 A Kurdish boy peers over the edge of the counter in his father's gun shop.
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 Fatima Samir, 3, is buried in her village of Taza south of Kirkuk, Iraq. Taza, an exclusively Turkmen village next to Basheer village which ISIS militants overran in June, 2014, has been subjected to routine rocket attacks, including chemical attacks, from ISIS. Fatima was exposed to a chemical attack in the village. She died a few days later in Kirkuk hospital, where over 400 residence are being treated for exposure to chemical agents.
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 An Iraqi looks at three coalition Apaches in the distance over Makhmour, Iraq.