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Ramadi families face dilemma amid fierce fighting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 01:21

The re-capture of parts of Ramadi by Iraqi forces has sown fear and confusion among thousands who have fled the fighting with some returning while others run away. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The battle for control between Islamic State and Iraqi forces rages in Ramadi. The militant group attacked the town 10 days ago, capturing areas to the north and the east. But these Iraqi forces say they're pushing IS back, retaking control of a hospital that was left in ruins. The United Nations says more than 90,000 people have fled their homes in Anbar this month. But with the Iraqi army's gains, some are choosing to return. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KHALID ABDUL-LATIF, RAMADI RESIDENT, SAYING: ''Last Friday, we ran away from the violence in the Ramadi and went to Hillah. But now security has improved in our city, we are coming home'' From the other side of this bridge, others see the situation differently. Salman Huwaidi fled with his family and all their possessions...and he's wary about going back. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SALMAN HUWAIDI, RAMADI RESIDENT, SAYING: "The security situation is bad. If the security situation in Ramadi were good, I wouldn't have left my home and car.'' This latest upheavel illustrates an intensifying humanitarian crisis in Iraq, with refugees from Ramadi now joining an estimared 2.7 million people displaced since January 2014.

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Ramadi families face dilemma amid fierce fighting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 01:21