Walk to freedom

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Displaced Iraqis from the Bajwaniyah village about 30km south of Mosul, who fled fighting in the Mosul area, walking towards security forces on Tuesday after their village was liberated from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Mosul residents said ISIS was using civilians as human shields, as Iraqi and Kurdish forces captured outlying villages in their advance on the city, the militants' stronghold. United States-backed government and Kurdish forces are steadily recovering outlying territory before the big push into Mosul itself.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2016, with the headline 'Walk to freedom'. Print Edition | Subscribe