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New Mosul-area Desert Camps Start Taking in Fleeing Villagers

As Iraqi families speed away from the frontlines of the battle against Islamic State in trucks, the thousands of tents in the desert countryside surrounding Mosul are slowly being occupied by fleeing villagers.  Some say the militant group appears to be losing strength, leaving checkpoints unmanned and losing track of escapees.   About 40 people rode into this camp on the backs of two flat bead trucks late Friday. Early that morning, they had fled bomb-laden villages guarded...

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