A fighter from the Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU) walks through a destroyed church on November 8, 2016 in Qaraqosh, Iraq. The NPU is a military organization made up of Assyrian Christians and was formed in late 2014 to defend against ISIS. Qaraqosh, a largely Assyrian City just 32km southeast of Mosul was taken by ISIS in August of 2014 forcing all residents to flee, the town was largely destroyed with all of the churches burned or heavily damaged. The town stayed under ISIS control until the previous week when it was liberated during the Mosul Offensive.
Iraqi special forces soldiers fire weapons at ISIS fighters in Mosul, Iraq, on November 14, 2016.
An Iraqi air force helicopter fires a machine gun at ISIS militants south of Mosul, Iraq, on November 9, 2016.
Iraqi army soldiers look at a tunneling machine that was used by ISIS militants, at a newly liberated Iraqi base, in Keramlis village, less than 18 miles (29 kilometers) southeast of Mosul, Iraq, on November 13, 2016.
A Kurdish girl wears her relative's assault rifle and ammunition belt as she waits at the Iraqi Kurdish Shaqouli checkpoint, some 35 kilometers east of Mosul, on November 10, 2016. Since the start of the Mosul offensive the Kurds have moved their border some 10 km closer to Iraq's second city, marking it out with a line in the sand.
An Iraqi special forces soldier puts up a helmet as a decoy as a sniper gets ready to fire on ISIS positions in Gogjali, on the eastern edges of Mosul, Iraq, on November 3, 2016.
Members of an Iraqi special forces police unit fire their weapons at ISIS fighters in al-Shura, south of Mosul, Iraq, on October 29, 2016.