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Islamic State is killing civilians, but some in Mosul refuse to leave their homes

Islamic State is killing civilians, but some in Mosul refuse to leave their homes

Yasser Mahmoud carried a white flag,  along with a small supply of rice, bread and water, as he returned to this city under siege.

The 35-year-old photographer had talked with friends who’d fled to displaced persons camps, and he found their stories of long lines for food and supplies alarming.

“If you need to do anything, you have to wait in a line,” he said of the camps, which have expanded and multiplied since troops entered the city last week.

So as Mosul empties — more than 49,000 have fled the city of 1.2 million since the offensive began last month — another stream of people skirt the gunfire, mortar blasts and...

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