Displaced Sunni Iraqis, who fled the violence in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad, on April 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Others balanced battered suitcases on their heads, or held babies aloft so they would not be crushed in the exodus from Iraq's western province of Anbar.More than 90,000 people have fled their homes in Anbar since April 8, when ISIS militants began gaining ground around the provincial capital Ramadi, about 90 km from Baghdad, the United Nations said Sunday.More than half a million people from Anbar were displaced even before ISIS overran the northern city of Mosul last summer and took control of roughly a third of Iraq.Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced two weeks ago that Anbar would be the next battleground after ISIS militants were routed in the city of Tikrit to the north.The majority of those recently displaced have headed to Baghdad, with smaller numbers moving within Anbar, most of which is under ISIS control.Abdulrahman said it would make little difference to the people of Ramadi which force took control.
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