Iraq detains men fleeing IS-held Fallujah, raising tensions

At a checkpoint outside militant-held Fallujah, hundreds of civilians who fled the fighting between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group huddled late at night in packed mini-buses on the side of a highway as security forces separated out those suspected of supporting the extremists.

Six men sat blindfolded on the pavement, heads bowed patiently, beside a row of concrete barriers illuminated by the headlights of an SUV and a Humvee. “They hold the men because they believe we all support Daesh,” said a woman at the checkpoint, referring to the Islamic State by its Arabic acronym.



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