A man who identified himself as Omar Danoun, who claimed to be from Mosul, has his papers checked and is taken into custody by Iraqi soldiers at a collection point for displaced Iraqis in Gogjali, Iraq, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Nish Nalbandian)
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Escaping Mosul, but with a Syrian accentHe claimed to be a native of Mosul and said he had just escaped his embattled neighborhood. The clean-shaven man seemed to have a Syrian accent, not Iraqi.Iraqi forces assaulting the city are on the lookout for Daesh fighters or members trying to slip out of the city with other residents, whether to escape or to sneak behind the lines to carry out attacks.That same day, a contact inside Daesh-held parts of the city called the AP and said the group was having its fighters shave their signature beards – required of all men in Mosul under their own rules – and sending them out among civilians.From the thousands leaving the city, troops separate men from women and children and question the men, even young adolescents, trying to determine if any are fighters.... Those who are exposed [by civilians] are imprisoned," Masum said, speaking to the AP in Morocco, where he was attending a climate conference.The man, who appeared to be in his 30s or early 40s, approached an AP team in Kokjali, one of several districts on Mosul's eastern edge that Iraqi forces have retaken from Daesh.
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