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The week in photos: July 1-7, 2017

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:08 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

TREMOR. Rescuers stand next to a destroyed building after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the town of Kananga, Leyte on July 6, 2017. Photo by Lito Bagunas/AFP

Tougher fighting, more suicide attacks as ISIS hits back in Mosul

Jul 04, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Iraqi forces are facing increasingly difficult fighting and a rising number of suicide attacks including some by female bombers in the final stages of the battle for Mosul

WAR-TORN. Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) members carry food as they walk in the Old City of Mosul on July 3, 2017 during an ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Fadel Senna/AFP

ISIS steps up suicide attacks as Mosul battle nears end

Jul 03, 2017 - 1:05 AM

UPDATED More than 8 months after the operation to retake Mosul was launched ISIS has gone from fully controlling the city to holding a limited area on its western side

Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) cheer as they carry upside-down a black flag of the Islamic State (IS) group, with the destroyed Al-Nuri mosque seen in the background, in the Old City of Mosul on July 2, 2017, during the offensive to retake the city from IS fighters. Explosions on the evening of June 21, 2017 levelled the mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave his first sermon as leader of the Islamic State group, along with its ancient minaret. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Iraqi forces push into Mosul Old City, warn ISIS 'surrender or die'

Jun 20, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Commanders say the jihadists are putting up fierce resistance and there are fears for more than 100 000 civilians believed to be trapped in the maze of narrow streets

ATTACK. Smoke billows following a reported car bomb, as Iraqi forces advance towards the Old City of Mosul on June 19, 2017 during the ongoing offensive to retake the last district still held by the Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

'Intense' fighting in Mosul as civilians flee

Nov 12, 2016 - 5:56 PM

The fighting is intense this morning We re trying to fortify our positions in Arbajiyah before continuing our attack into Al Bakr says Staff Lieutenant Colonel Muntadhar Salem

STRIFE. Elite Iraqi troops battled the Islamic State group in the streets of Mosul, as the UN reported IS jihadists had executed dozens of people inside the city for alleged "treason". Photo by Odd Andersen/ AFP

Iraqi forces move within striking distance of Mosul

Oct 31, 2016 - 3:37 PM

UPDATED Forces from the elite Counter Terrorism Service CTS faced mortar fire as they pushed from the Christian town of Bartalla towards Mosul s eastern suburbs

Shiite fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) advance towards the village of Salmani, south of Mosul, on October 30, 2016 during the ongoing battle against Islamic State group jihadists to liberate the city of Mosul. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq forces in major push against IS in Anbar

Mar 19, 2016 - 3:26 PM

Iraqi forces are tightening the noose around the Islamic State group in the province as they continue to retake more cities

OFFENSIVE. Iraqi forces are trying to retake Hit, a city in the province of Anbar, from the Islamic State. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. Photo by Moadh Al-Dulaimi/AFP

Iraqi forces in fierce battles with ISIS in Ramadi

Dec 26, 2015 - 10:52 PM

While initial hopes of a quick victory have faded Iraq s elite counter terrorism service and the army have advanced steadily through Ramadi

FIGHTING ISIS. A member of Iraq's counter-terrorism forces monitors his surrounding in a street in Ramadi's Dhubbat neighborhood, adjacent to Hoz, on December 25, 2015. Photo by AFP