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The Ninawa Hotel in Mosul, Iraq has opened under new management: the Islamic State group. (Image: CNN Arabic screenshot)

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Iraq's besieged military was supposed to be flying front-line American F-16 fighters by now, joining other Arab forces in a daily air war against the Islamic State terrorist army controlling western and northern Iraq. But while the war rages, there is no firm F-16 arrival date. (Associated Press)

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Nazhan Sakher, left, smokes a cigarette in the bedroom of the base on the frontline outside the city of Makhmour, northern Iraq, during a break in this Monday, April 20, 2015 photo. He leads a group of around 300 fighters from the al-Lehib tribe who have reluctantly allied with Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces to fight the Islamic State group — and fellow tribesmen who still support the extremists. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

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Displaced people from Ramadi cross the Bzebiz bridge heading towards Ramadi as they return to their homes, in Ramadi, 65 km west of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. A United Nations humanitarian agency says more than 90,000 people have fled the Islamic State group's advance in Iraq's western Anbar province, which has set off fierce fighting in and around the provincial capital Ramadi. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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Islamic State militants raise their flag as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. (Associated Press)

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In this image made with a mobile phone, Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters gather for a patrol in central Ramadi, Iraq, early Friday, April 17, 2015. In Iraq's western Anbar province, Iraqi special forces maintained control of the provincial capital, Ramadi, after days of intense clashes with the Islamic State group left the city at risk. Sabah Nuaman, a special forces commander in Anbar, said the situation had improved early Friday after airstrikes hit key militant targets on the city's fringes. (AP Photo)

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, right, holds a press conference before leaving to the United States at Baghdad airport, Iraq, Monday, April 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived last week to distribute weapons and support security forces and Sunni volunteers at a camp in Habaniyah, west of Baghdad. After victory against Islamic State militants in the city of Tikrit, Iraq set sights on western Anbar province for its second major counteroffensive against the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks about U.S. policy in Iraq, Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the National Defense University in Washington, in advance of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Washington, next week. The vice president was to discuss Iraq’s political and military progress, and the work that lies ahead to defeat ISIL and forge a more inclusive Iraq. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks about U.S. policy in Iraq, Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the National Defense University in Washington, in advance of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Washington, next week. The vice president was to discuss Iraq’s political and military progress, and the work that lies ahead to defeat ISIL and forge a more inclusive Iraq. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen celebrate March 31, 2015, as they hold a flag of the Islamic State group they captured in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister said security forces had reached the heart of the city. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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In this Thursday, April 2, 2015 photo, Archbishop for northern Iraq, Saliba Shimon, leads a ceremony at the Mar Matti monastery outside the town of Bashiqa in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

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Shiite clerics inspect one of Saddam Hussein's palaces in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 2, 2015, a day after Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite militiamen took control of the city from Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tours the city of Tikrit after it was retaken by the security forces in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds. (AP Photo)

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Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team exit a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter near Tall Afar, Iraq, July 2, 2006. (U.S. Air Force) ** FILE **

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Imam Ali Brigades, members of of an Iraqi Shiite militant group, launch rockets against Islamic State extremist positions during clashes in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

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In this Saturday, March 21, 2015, a volunteer fighter with a Shiite militant group known as 'Jihad Brigades,' aims his weapon during clashes with Islamic State group militants, outside Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)

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A U.S. soldier trains an Iraqi security forces member in a shooting drill in Taji, north of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, March 21, 2015. U.S. military officials have said a coordinated military mission to retake Mosul, Iraq's second largest city held by the Islamic State group, will likely begin in April or May and involve up to 25,000 Iraqi troops. But the Americans have cautioned that if the Iraqis are not ready, the offensive could be delayed. Iraqi officials have backed away from setting a timeline. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

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FILE - This late 2003 file image obtained by The Associated Press shows an unidentified detainee standing on a box with a bag on his head and wires attached to him at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq. A federal judge ruled Friday, March 20, 2015, that the U.S. must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, following a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners. (AP Photo/File)

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Fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle on the main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, in this Monday, June 23, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo, File)