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In photos: Inside Mosul fighting intensifies with Islamic State militants

Inside Mosul heavy fighting raged in the eastern Tahrir neighbourhood as Iraqi forces pushed deeper into the city. An IS suicide car bomber rammed an Abrams tank belonging to the Iraqi army, disabling it in a massive explosion. Families fled their homes amid the fighting in the densely populated district, but some were caught up in the clashes. A 3-year-old girl was killed and five others were wounded from mortar shells fired by militants into the street.

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A car bomb explodes next to Iraqi Special Forces armored vehicles as they advance towards Islamic State held territory in Mosul, Iraq.

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A white flag is seen on a bullet ridden car in a deserted street as Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division while engaging IS fighters pushing into the Aden neighbourhood in Mosul, Iraq.

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A crack in the windshield is seen as an Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division fighting vehicle drives past in the Samah neighbourhood of Mosul, Iraq.

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A suspected Islamic State (IS) member is guarded by a soldier from the Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division at a temporary base in the Samah neighbourhood of Mosul, Iraq.

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A man and his children lead a sheep past parked fighting vehicles during a lull in the fighting as the Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division engage IS fighters while pushing into the Aden neighbourhood in Mosul, Iraq.

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A deserted street is seen from the window of an Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division fighting vehichle while engaging IS fighters pushing into the Aden neighbourhood in Mosul, Iraq.

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An Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division fighting vehicle is seen moving in the Samah neighbourhood of Mosul, Iraq.

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A woman carrying a handicapped child uses the opportunity to flee during a lull in the fighting as the Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division engage IS fighters while pushing into the Aden neighbourhood in Mosul, Iraq.

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TOPSHOT - Children emerge from their houses to greet soldier from the Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division during a lull in the fighting with IS fighters while pushing into the Aden neighbourhood in Mosul, Iraq.

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Shi'ite fighters ride on a military vehicle heading toward the airport of Tal Afar during a battle with Islamic State militants in Tal Afar west of Mosul, Iraq.

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