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CIVILIANS HELD HOSTAGE IN RAMADI BY ISLAMIC MILITANTS

posted Dec 14, 2015, 7:22 AM by PHS Warrior Beat
By: Lexi Butler
     In the city of Ramadi, Iraqi forces are closing in. They have thousands of residents captured planning to use them as human shields.The Islamic forces stopped the last supply line to Ramadi in mid November, surrounding the city making it nearly impossible for the militants to send in reinforcements.

    As the days get longer the militants become more paranoid of their surroundings and everyone living in the city. Citizens say it is like living in a sealed casket. If anyone leaves their houses they are caught and investigated. The Iraqi forces do not permit the passage of civilians from one area to another because they get suspicious of anyone giving information to the security forces. Contact outside of the city is banned. Motorcycle patrols are going around monitoring any cell phone usage, anyone caught will be beheaded.

    The troops are focused on pushing the Iraqi forces more to the corners and closing in on them. Iraqi forces are making advances on the outskirts of the city, while denying that there are large numbers of innocent civilians still trapped in harm's way. Those caught trying to flee are detained by the fighters, and the head of the family risks being executed as a warning to others. Some families managed to escape through a route controlled by the security forces on the city's southern outskirts before the militants deployed snipers to shoot anyone trying to reach the exit. All families left inside Ramadi are those of the terrorists or those who support them.

Uploaded: 12/14/15 Edited By: Tyler Nixon
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