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Tanks and armored vehicles of the Iraqi forces, supported by the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitaries, advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, as the offensive to retake the western side of Mosul from Islamic State group fighters commenced on February 19, 2017.
Tanks and armored vehicles of the Iraqi forces, supported by the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitaries, advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, as the offensive to retake the western side of Mosul from Islamic State group fighters commenced on February 19, 2017.

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