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When Isis came the deal with the army was, 'don't find us and we won't slaughter you'

Published 24/06/2014 | 02:30

Islamists leading the jihadist advance in Iraq are using the World Cup and leading British football clubs to seek recruits and spread their propaganda via social media
Islamists leading the jihadist advance in Iraq are using the World Cup and leading British football clubs to seek recruits and spread their propaganda via social media
Iraqi army volunteers in Baquba

As borders crumble and city after city surrenders to radical Sunni jihadists, fleeing Iraqis are filled with the terrifying truth that the wrath of ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham – is never far away.

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In IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps and at the various checkpoints and registration centres, displaced Iraqis look tentatively around before making any comment about their experiences. None will give real identifications and all will tell you they fear recrimination from ISIS or its henchmen and supporters, who they fear walk among them.

Last Sunday, having fled his home in Mosul, Mohammad, 20, of Palestinian ethnicity, arrived at the Mosul/Erbil border.

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