Islamic State Members Hidden Among Refugees

Reuters news agency reports today that Iraqi Army officers are finding Islamic State (IS) members hidden among refugees fleeing Mosul. Iraqi forces have battled to recapture the city of Mosul from IS for the past 5 months and as a growing number of residents flee the city, security units have been weeding out IS members found with them. According to the report, up to 400,000 people may have to flee Mosul which is Iraq’s second largest city. An intelligence officer speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity said the fighters don’t come out of the city. He went on to say those who are noncombatants but loyal to the jihadist group may slip through the dragnet. Some local residents of Mosul are kept on hand to help identify suspects. Most Islamic State fighters are killed in battle, however, some of those that are captured are from former Soviet Union states and even China. Watching the behavior of those that are captured gives clues to their IS affiliation. The anonymous intelligence officer said, “You can tell because they are afraid. Those who are not Daesh are also afraid but it’s different from the fear of those who are with Daesh,” Deash is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.

Reuters report found here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-mosul-screening-idUSKBN16721M

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