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JWing
06-18-2015, 04:29 PM
In the fall of 2014 Iraqi government forces slowly began to take back ground it had lost to the Islamic State (IS) during the summer. They captured a number of small towns and insurgent strongholds topped off by the seizure of Tikrit in April 2015. In many of these areas the inhabitants fled during the fighting and have not been able to return. This was due to a number of issues ranging from the lack of trusted local allies to fear that insurgents would re-infiltrate with the returnees to political disputes over who should control the towns. The effect has been to create a number of ghost towns in Iraq that are likely to remain empty for the foreseeable future.

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