- Title: Iraqi special forces screen men displaced by Mosul fighting
- Date: 7th November 2016
- Summary: SHAHRAZAD, EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ (NOVEMBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE FROM THE INTISAR NEIGHBOURHOOD CARRYING BAGS AS THEY WALK DOWN A ROAD CHILDREN CARRYING BAGS / SOLDIER STANDING NEARBY VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS STANDING OUTSIDE A MOSQUE / MEN WALKING IN SOLDIERS STANDING NEAR MEN IN THE MOSQUE VARIOUS OF MEN SITTING ON THE GROUND DISPLACED WOMEN AND CHILDREN WOMAN WEARING NIQAB CHILD AND MEN WAITING DISPLACED MAN, TLAS SULEIMAN, CARRYING ISLAMIC STATE DOCUMENT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISPLACED MAN, TLAS SULEIMAN, SAYING: "Daesh tyranny has killed us, it has been two years since we were able to work, we had nothing to do. My two brothers were executed, look at what has happened to us. If I do not resort to my country and the special forces, who else can I resort to?" VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS INSPECTING DOCUMENTS SOLDIERS STANDING NEAR SEATED MEN SOLDIERS ARRESTING A SUSPECTED ISLAMIC STATE MILITANT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SOLDIER WITH THE IRAQI ARMY, MOHAMMED KARIM, SAYING: "Our sources at the military intelligence units and one of our informants in the area said that this man is a member of Daesh. He tried to escape with the families, but when we surrounded the Intisar neighbourhood we were able to arrest him." VARIOUS OF SEATED MEN WAITING VARIOUS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN WAITING
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2016 15:07
- Keywords: Iraq Mosul Iraqis fighting Islamic State government forces Shahrazad Intisar civilians men screening special forces
- Location: SHAHRAZAD, EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: SHAHRAZAD, EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA00157G4RIF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Iraqis fled the Intisar neighbourhood in eastern district of Mosul on Monday (November 7), after Iraqi security forces drove out Islamic State militants from the area.
Men, women and children walked to the Shahrazad district of the city, where they were met by Iraqi special forces.
One man said he left his home to avoid retaliation by Islamic State militants and continued clashes in the area.
"Daesh tyranny has killed us," Tlas Suleiman said, referring to Islamic State by an Arab acronym. "It has been two years since we were able to work, we had nothing to do. My two brothers were executed, look at what has happened to us. If I do not resort to my country and the special forces, who else can I resort to?"
The recently displaced men were held in a mosque courtyard for screening by the security forces.
One man was arrested after being accused of being a member of Islamic State.
"Our sources at the military intelligence units and one of our informants in the area said that this man is a member of Daesh. He tried to escape with the families, but when we surrounded the Intisar neighbourhood we were able to arrest him," said Mohammed Karim, an Iraqi soldier.
Thousands of people have left Mosul since Iraq's regular troops and special forces - along with Shi'ite militias, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and other groups backed by U.S.-led air strikes - launched their campaign to retake the city nearly three weeks ago.
So far 31,000 people have been displaced, of which more than 3,000 have already returned to their homes, according to the Director General of the International Organization for Migration, William Lacy Swing.
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