Iraqis displaced from Mosul wait for transportation to camps, near Bartela, a village to the city’s east.
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The 19-year-old resident of Mosul pulled up his shirt and showed a festering wound on his back. It came, he said, from Iraqi troops who had detained him for three days and beat him, trying to get him to confess to belonging to Daesh (ISIS). His story and similar stories by others only deepen worries among many of Mosul's mainly Sunni residents over what happens when the extremist group is defeated and Baghdad's Shiite-led government resumes control.Mosul's Sunnis long complained that the Shiite-dominated security forces treated them with suspicion and targeted them in indiscriminate crackdowns. They say the government intentionally neglect them, focusing on Shiite areas in the south, leaving Iraq's second-largest city undeveloped and economically stagnant.A group of Sunnis who fled the recently freed town of Tal Abta, west of Mosul, said they too were barred by Shiite militias from returning.There have been no reports of major or systematic abuse of Mosul residents by the military or security forces, which have been fighting since October to recapture the city.The military in Mosul has reached out to residents with good-will gestures, including distributing food and water and treating wounded or ailing residents in their field hospitals.Some 120,000 people have fled Mosul since the offensive began.
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