Image: An Iraqi Special Forces soldier wears a gas mask after an alleged chemical attack during fighting against Islamic State militants on June 30.

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Iraqi Forces Push Through ISIS-held Mosul as Civilians Flee

Iraqi forces pushed further into the Old City of Mosul this week, getting closer to retaking the Islamic State's last stronghold in Iraq.

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Image: An Iraqi Special Forces soldier exchanges fire with Islamic State militants in the ongoing battle for the Old City of Mosul, Iraq on June 30, 2017.

An Iraqi Special Forces soldier exchanges fire with Islamic State militants in the ongoing battle for the Old City of Mosul, Iraq on June 30, 2017.

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Image: Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service stand over the rubble of the destroyed Al-Nuri Mosque on June 30.

Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service stand over the rubble of the destroyed Al-Nuri Mosque on June 30.

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Image: An Iraqi carries and elderly man while fleeing Mosul on June 30.

An Iraqi carries an elderly man while fleeing Mosul on June 30.

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Image: A member of the Iraqi forces smokes a cigarette as he watches Iraqis evacuating from the Old City of Mosul on June 30, during the offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters.

A member of the Iraqi forces smokes a cigarette as he watches Iraqis evacuating from Mosul on June 30, during the offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters.

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Image: Displaced Iraqi civilians walk past the ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque after fleeing their homes on June 30.

Displaced Iraqi civilians walk past the ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque after fleeing their homes on June 30.

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Image: An injured Iraqi wearing a cast and sling over his left arm evacuates from the Old City of Mosul on June 30.

An injured man wearing a cast and sling over his left arm evacuates from Mosul on June 30.

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Image: An Iraqi Special Forces soldier guards an alley during fighting on June 30.

An Iraqi Special Forces soldier guards an alley during fighting on June 30.

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Image: A wounded displaced Iraqi man who fled from clashes sits in a wheelchair on June 30.

A wounded displaced Iraqi man who fled from clashes sits in a wheelchair on June 30.

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Image: Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services stand near the destroyed Al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul, as they continue their offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State.

Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services stand near the destroyed Al-Nuri Mosque, as they continue their offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State, which blew up the mosque and the famed Al-Hadba (hunchback) leaning minaret on June 21 as Iraqi forces closed in.

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Image: An Iraqi woman flees through a destroyed alley as Iraqi Special Forces move toward Islamic State militant positions on June 30.

An Iraqi woman flees through a destroyed alley as Iraqi Special Forces move toward Islamic State militant positions on June 30.

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Image: The body of an alleged Islamic State militant lays on a bed in a destroyed house on June 30.

The body of an alleged Islamic State militant lays on a bed in a destroyed house on June 30.

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Image: The Tigris river separates the east, top, and west side of Mosul, seen here during fighting on June 29.

The Tigris river separates the east, top, and west side of Mosul, seen here during fighting on June 29.

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Image: An Iraqi Special Forces soldier wears a gas mask after an alleged chemical attack during fighting against Islamic State militants on June 30.

An Iraqi Special Forces soldier wears a gas mask after an alleged chemical attack during fighting against Islamic State militants on June 30.

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Image: Iraq civil defense search and rescue workers rest on June 27.

Iraq civil defense search and rescue workers rest on June 27.

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Image: Displaced Iraqi civilians who were rescued from the site of a battle rest among Iraqi forces on June 29.

Displaced Iraqi civilians who were rescued from the site of a battle rest among Iraqi forces on June 29.

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Image: Federal policemen carry food to the front line during fighting against Islamic State militants on June 26.

Federal policemen carry food to the front line during fighting against Islamic State militants on June 26.

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Image: An Iraqi forces member aims his gun towards an Islamic State position on June 24.

An Iraqi forces member aims his gun towards an Islamic State position on June 24.

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Image: A displaced Iraqi man who was among the rescued at the site of a battle eats bread on June 29.

A displaced Iraqi man who was among the rescued at the site of a battle eats bread on June 29.

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Image: Iraqi forces climb through a hole in the wall as they advance through the Old City of Mosul on June 25, during the ongoing offensive to retake the last district held by the Islamic State.

Iraqi forces climb through a hole in the wall as they advance through the Old City of Mosul on June 25, during the ongoing offensive to retake the last district held by the Islamic State.

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Image: Iraqi soldiers carry a displaced man, who collapsed in exhaustion after fleeing from Mosul on June 29.

Iraqi soldiers carry a displaced man, who collapsed in exhaustion after fleeing from Mosul on June 29.

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Image: Iraqi civil defense search and rescue workers search for the bodies of victims under the rubble of buildings in western Mosul's Zanjili district on June 27.

Iraqi civil defense search and rescue workers search for the bodies of victims under the rubble of buildings in western Mosul's Zanjili district on June 27. With snipers lurking on rooftops and bombs hidden in the rubble, rescue workers are risking their lives in a desperate search for civilians that have been buried.

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Image: Displaced Iraqi residents queue as they wait for the food distribution by an aid organization during the first day of Eid-al Fitr celebration in West Mosul, June 25.

Displaced Iraqi residents queue as they wait for the food distribution by an aid organization during the first day of Eid-al Fitr celebration in West Mosul, June 25.

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