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Smoke billows from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State (IS) group militants before fleeing the oil-producing region of Qayyarah, on August 30, 2016, after Iraqi forces pushed the jihadists out of the northern town on the banks of the Tigris river. Iraqi forces on August 25 retook key areas in the city and pushed the Islamic State group from Qayyarah, a northern town considered strategic for any future offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold of Mosul. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)


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