Iraqi women who fled the fighting in the Fallujah area carry their children at a camp in Amriyat al-Fallujah.
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Iraqi forces launched a vast offensive over three weeks ago to retake Fallujah, which lies only 50 kilometers west of Baghdad and is one of the main bastions of Daesh (ISIS).The initial phase of the operation saw forces, including Shiite militias from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) paramilitary umbrella group, retake areas around Fallujah and tighten the seal around the city.Fallujah and the areas around it are Sunni while the Hashed forces fighting alongside the government are dominated by Shiite militias, some of them supported by Tehran.Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan said that a total of 6,000 men from the Fallujah area have been held for screening since the start of the operation on May 22-23 to try to identify fleeing militants.Many of the men in the camp had similar stories of torture by some militias.
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