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In Mosul, Mortars and Mayhem Persist

The fight for western Mosul goes on as the U.S.-led coalition says it may be responsible for airstrikes that killed hundreds of civilians.

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A boy rides his bike past destroyed cars and houses in a neighborhood recently liberated by Iraqi security forces, on the western side of Mosul, March 19. The battle for western Mosul, including the narrow alleyways of the old city, looks to be the most devastating yet for Iraqi civilians trapped between advancing troops and increasingly desperate Islamic State militants. An estimated 750 civilians have been killed or wounded since the push to retake the western half of the city began in late January, and more than 100,000 have fled.

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A Federal Police officer carries an injured boy through a destroyed train station during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, March 19.

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Federal Police officers rest on a couch during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, March 19.

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An Iraqi Air Force helicopter fires missiles against Islamic State militants during a battle in Mosul, March 19.

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An Iraqi woman gestures as she queues to receive aid in the Al-Risala neighborhood on March 22.

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Displaced Iraqis from Mosul arrive at the Hamam al-Alil camp on March 20, during the government forces ongoing offensive to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State group fighters.

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Civilian vehicles are used to block a road from potential car-bombs in the Al-Risala neighborhood west of Mosul as Iraqi forces fight with Islamic State group fighters, on March 22.

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Displaced Iraqis wait for a security check before being transferred to a camp on the western side of Mosul, March 23.

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Displaced Iraqis flee their homes as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, March 24.

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A displaced Iraqi man from Mosul transports the body of his son as they walk towards the Hamam al-Alil refugee camp on March 24, after fleeing their city.

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Displaced Iraqis flee their homes in western Mosul, March 24.

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Relatives and friends pray next to the body of Suheyil Najn Abdullah after he was killed by a sniper trying to flee fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, March 23.
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A member of the Iraqi forces mans a turret mounted atop a humvee as troops advance towards the Old City in western Mosul on March 24.

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Residents carry the bodies of several people killed during fights between Iraq security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, March 24. Residents of the Iraqi city's neighborhood known as Mosul Jidideh at the scene say that scores of residents are believed to have been killed by airstrikes that hit a cluster of homes in the area earlier this month.

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Iraqi women cry over their brother's body, who was killed by a mortar shell fired by Islamic State on civilians who were gathered to receive aid, in the Al-Risala neighborhood on March 22.

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A man is helped after identifying the body of a relative who died in a house that was destroyed during fights between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, March 24.

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Residents gather around the body of a men killed after a house was destroyed, March 24.

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Relatives and friends dig the graves of two civilians killed during fighting, March 25.

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A man stands outside damaged houses.

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