Abu Taib

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 Mosul’s skyline featuring the historic leaning minaret  of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, where Islamic State  group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate   in 2014. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Positioned in bombed-out apartments overlooking west Mosul, Iraqi police snipers have in the last few days advanced to within a few hundred metres of (...)