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In pictures: Iraqi troops recapture Sharqat from IS

Security forces began the operation to oust the Islamic State group from Sharqat, a town near supply lines needed for the battle to retake second city Mosul from the jihadists

In pictures: Iraqi troops recapture Sharqat from IS
Iraqi troops celebrate in the town of Sharqat, 260 kilometres (160 miles) northwest of Baghdad and around 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Mosul, on September 22, 2016 as Iraq announced that its forces have recaptured the northern town from the ISIL group in an operation launched ahead of a push for the city of Mosul. Iraqi forces 'completely liberated the Sharqat district, in Salaheddin province, and raised the Iraqi flag over the government headquarters' in the town, the country's Joint Operations Command said in a statement that hailed the speed of the operation. (Mahmud Saleh/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Iraqi troops recapture Sharqat from IS
Iraqi troops deploy in the town of Sharqat, 260 kilometres (160 miles) northwest of Baghdad and around 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Mosul, on September 22, 2016 as Iraq announced that its forces have recaptured the northern town from the ISIL group in an operation launched ahead of a push for the city of Mosul. Iraqi forces 'completely liberated the Sharqat district, in Salaheddin province, and raised the Iraqi flag over the government headquarters' in the town, the country's Joint Operations Command said in a statement that hailed the speed of the operation. (Mahmud Saleh/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Iraqi troops recapture Sharqat from IS
Iraqi troops deploy in the town of Sharqat, 260 kilometres (160 miles) northwest of Baghdad and around 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Mosul, on September 22, 2016 as Iraq announced that its forces have recaptured the northern town from the ISIL group in an operation launched ahead of a push for the city of Mosul. Iraqi forces 'completely liberated the Sharqat district, in Salaheddin province, and raised the Iraqi flag over the government headquarters' in the town, the country's Joint Operations Command said in a statement that hailed the speed of the operation. (Mahmud Saleh/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Iraqi troops recapture Sharqat from IS
Iraqi forces raise their national flag as they celebrate on the rooftop of a building in the town of Sharqat, around 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the city of Mosul, on September 23, 2016, the day after Iraq announced that his forces recaptured the northern city from the ISIL group. Security forces began the operation on September 20, 2016 to oust the Islamic State group from Sharqat, a town near supply lines needed for the battle to retake second city Mosul from the jihadists. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Iraqi troops recapture Sharqat from IS
Members of the Iraqi government forces take a selfie in front of a hospital as they celebrate in the town of Sharqat, around 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the city of Mosul, on September 23, 2016, the day after they recaptured the northern town from the ISIL group. Security forces began the operation on September 20, 2016 to oust the Islamic State group from Sharqat, a town near supply lines needed for the battle to retake second city Mosul from the jihadists. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Iraqi troops recapture Sharqat from IS
Iraqi forces celebrate in the town of Sharqat, around 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the city of Mosul, on September 23, 2016, the day after Iraq announced that his forces recaptured the northern town from the ISIL group. Security forces began the operation on September 20, 2016 to oust the Islamic State group from Sharqat, a town near supply lines needed for the battle to retake second city Mosul from the jihadists. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Iraqi troops recapture Sharqat from IS
A member of the Iraqi government forces celebrates on the back of a heavily armed vehicle in the town of Sharqat, around 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the city of Mosul, on September 23, 2016, the day after they recaptured the northern town from the ISIL group. Security forces began the operation on September 20, 2016 to oust the Islamic State group from Sharqat, a town near supply lines needed for the battle to retake second city Mosul from the jihadists. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Iraqi troops recapture Sharqat from IS
Members of the Iraqi government forces flash the sign for victory in front of a hospital as they celebrate in the town of Sharqat, around 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the city of Mosul, on September 23, 2016, the day after they recaptured the northern city from the ISIL group. Security forces began the operation on September 20, 2016 to oust the Islamic State group from Sharqat, a town near supply lines needed for the battle to retake second city Mosul from the jihadists. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Iraqi troops recapture Sharqat from IS
Iraqi government forces celebrate in the town of Sharqat, around 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the city of Mosul, on September 23, 2016, the day after they recaptured the northern city from the Islamic State (IS) group. Security forces began the operation on September 20, 2016 to oust the ISIL from Sharqat, a town near supply lines needed for the battle to retake second city Mosul from the jihadists. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Iraqi troops recapture Sharqat from IS
Iraqis celebrate outside their house in the town of Sharqat, around 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the city of Mosul, on September 23, 2016, the day after Iraqi government forces recaptured the northern town from the Islamic State (IS) group. Security forces began the operation on September 20, 2016 to oust the ISIL group from Sharqat, a town near supply lines needed for the battle to retake second city Mosul from the jihadists. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)