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Iraqi soldiers in their vehicles hold a position on the frontline on the outskirts of Makhmur, about 280 kilometres (175 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, on March 30, 2016, during a military operation to recapture the northern Nineveh province from Islamic State group jihadists. 
Iraqi army troops and allied paramilitary fighters on March 24 launched a major offensive aimed at retaking the northern Nineveh province, the capital of which, Mosul, is the main hub of IS in Iraq. The forces have been advancing from their base in Makhmur towards the town of Qayyarah, about 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of Mosul.

 / AFP / SAFIN HAMED        (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi soldiers in their vehicles hold a position on the frontline on the outskirts of Makhmur, about 280 kilometres (175 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, on March 30, 2016, during a military operation to recapture the northern Nineveh province from Islamic State group jihadists. 
Iraqi army troops and allied paramilitary fighters on March 24 launched a major offensive aimed at retaking the northern Nineveh province, the capital of which, Mosul, is the main hub of IS in Iraq. The forces have been advancing from their base in Makhmur towards the town of Qayyarah, about 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of Mosul.

 / AFP / SAFIN HAMED        (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

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