A Iraqi family fleeing the violence in the northern city of Mosul arrives at a Kurdish checkpoint in Makhmour, about 280 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad, on March 26, 2016. AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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Nearby, a group of displaced men disavowed Daesh, but also denounced the army for killing civilians in battle and accused some soldiers of mistreating them.24-year-old Abu Rayyan from Khurbardan said.Two men said they had been rounded up in a room by Iraqi soldiers who then blindfolded, bound and beat them. Iraqi commanders nonetheless hope that a majority will side with the security forces as they advance on Mosul, which is around 60 kilometers north of Mahkmour and still home to more than one million people.In the days leading up to the army assault, residents of Khurbardan said Daesh reinforcements arrived, increasing their number in the village to around 50 – both Iraqi and foreign fighters.Iraqi troops then advanced to retake three villages, whose residents are now sheltering in the youth center.
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