File - In this photo released by the U.S. Army, a tunnel dug from a bakery across from Iraqi government buildings is seen after being discovered by U.S. Army troops in Mosul, Iraq on Monday, Sept. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Lt. Chris Hanes, US Army)
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Using secret tunnels built by Saddam Hussein and rough terrain to outfox Iraqi troops, ISIS insurgents are getting dangerously close to Baghdad with the support of heavily armed Sunni tribesmen, Iraqi security and intelligence officials said.While ISIS' march on Baghdad from the north has been halted near the town of Samarra 100 kilometers from the city limits, the fighters have more quietly building up their forces on the capital's southern outskirts.In late July, 400 ISIS fighters arrived in Jurf al-Sakhar for an assault on the Euphrates riverside town, described by a senior official in the provincial capital Hilla.Two hundred mortar bombs were fired at the town. While Shiites live in fear of ISIS, Sunnis in towns near Baghdad are growing increasingly resentful of government forces backed by Shiite militias they accuse of kidnapping and killing.In the town of Yusufiya, just 20 kilometers south of Baghdad, government forces are fighting what they say are ISIS sleeper cells.
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