TOPSHOT - A man takes a selfie in front of a fire from oil that has been set ablaze in the Qayyarah area, some 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of Mosul, on October 19, 2016, during an operation by Iraqi forces against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists to retake the main hub city. In the biggest Iraqi military operation in years, forces have retaken dozens of villages, mostly south and east of Mosul, and are planning multiple assaults for October 20. / AFP / YASIN AKGUL (Photo credit should read YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSUL, IRAQ - OCTOBER 20: Smoke billows from a combined aircraft, artillery and ground attack to recapture the village of Tiskharab from ISIS on October 20, 2016 near Mosul, Iraq. Kurdish and Iraqi forces, supported by numerous countries including Britain and the USA, have continued their advance towards towards Iraq's second largest city of Mosul which has been held by Islamic State militants since 2014. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
DELAWARE, OH - OCTOBER 20: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to attendees at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on October 20, 2016 in Delaware, Ohio. Trump is speaking today for his first appearance after last nights Presidential debate, which was the final debate before election day on November eighth. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand in an area near the town of Bashiqa, some 25 kilometres north east of Mosul, as smoke billows on October 20, 2016, during an operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists to retake the main hub city.
Kurdish forces launched a fresh push against areas held by the Islamic State group around Mosul, pressing an offensive to retake the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Sara (66) walks after receiving a food delivery for the World Food Programme in the commune of Maniche, in Les Cayes, in the south west of Haiti, on October 17, 2016.
Haiti faces a humanitarian crisis that requires a 'massive response' from the international community, the United Nations chief said , with at least 1.4 million people needing emergency aid following last week's battering by Hurricane Matthew. / AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
WALLOPS ISLAND, VA - OCTOBER 16: In this handout provided by NASA, The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard stands on launch Pad-0A during sunrise at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on October 16, 2016 Wallops Island, Virginia. Orbital ATK's sixth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver over 5,100 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
YANTAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 19: Advection fog surrounds buildings on October 19, 2016 in Yantai, Shandong Province of China. Local observatory released the orange alert of fog on Wednesday in Yantai. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter stands inside of a building on October 18, 2016 on the frontline in the Shaqouli village, about 35 kms east of Mosul, after they've recaptured it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists.
With the crucial battle in its second day, Iraqi commanders said progress was being made as fighters pushed on two main fronts against the jihadists' last stronghold in Iraq. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
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Over the past week, we watched as Haiti and the southern United States continued to recover from Hurricane Matthew. Elsewhere in the world, Iraqi forces and allies began an offensive against the Islamic State in Mosul which is going 'faster than planned,' according to officials.
In election news, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in their final debate, and also made an appearance at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner.
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