Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units take off an Islamic State (IS) group flag from an electricity pole on March 3, 2016, during an operation in the desert of Samarra aimed at retaking areas from IS jihadists.
Counter-terrorism forces, soldiers, police and allied paramilitaries are taking part in an operation launched on March 1, which is backed by artillery and both Iraqi and US-led coalition aircraft, aimed at retaking areas north of Baghdad, according to the Joint Operations Command.  / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)