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The battle for last IS-enclave: From all sides, besieged

The Ring in the last IS-high-castle: Approximately 1000 fighters are still stuck in the Syrian Baghus. On the Iraqi side, the people are worried about their Rel

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The battle for last IS-enclave: From all sides, besieged

The Ring in the last IS-high-castle: Approximately 1000 fighters are still stuck in the Syrian Baghus. On the Iraqi side, the people are worried about their Relatives.

Baghus a quiet village of 150 inhabitants, many single - and multi-family houses, a mosque, food shops, a carpenter's shop. They live from agriculture and cattle breeding. During the day most of the men are on the field. The children go to school. Peaceful life in a village, of which there are thousands in Iraq.

fear for family and friends

However, it is only a few hundred meters from the Syrian border. On the other side, the same Nachbarsort, has gained notoriety. There, in the Syrian Baghus, the battle against the last ISIS stronghold. The village over looks very similar to, say, on the Iraqi side. Many have family there and friends.

Earlier, when the border was still open, was a lot of exchange and trade. Today, only the least still have contact with the people on the other side. "We got relatives there," says Gomaa Hatem. "Your life is very difficult. You have nothing to eat, are under siege from all sides. Most of the people living there, only Grass."

About 1000 IS fighters are still in Baghus endure - in the caves and tunnels beneath the bullet-riddled buildings.

"The civilians suffer the worst"

in Iraqi Baghus they suffered three years under the terrorist militia. In 2017, they freed the Iraqi army. Now, they are banging with their neighbours on the other side. In the Worry, anger mixes. "The civilians suffer the worst," says Saqr, Hamza. "Almost all the houses are destroyed. A lot of IS-people have taken and got away with it."

according to media reports, more than 1000 IS fighters in Iraq fled in the past few months. In hand Luggage, allegedly $ 200 million. In the Western desert of the country, they lay for a long time, to the guerrilla tactics: targeted attacks are spreading fear and terror, of ethnic groups, playing against each other, the government will destabilize.

the battle for last IS-Bastion: report from the Front
06.03.2019

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