RAW: Iraqi forces continue to advance on ISIS in Hawija

Video handed out by Hashd al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation Units showed men and military vehicles gathering near Hawija on Saturday.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday announced the launch of the ‘second phase’ of the operation to retake the city of Hawija, which is still held by ISIS. Hawija is one of the last pockets of IS-held territory in Iraq.

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Trapped in Iraq Between the Islamic State and Government Forces

Days before the US launched airstrikes on Tikrit in late March, VICE News traveled to the front lines of the northern Iraqi city, where Iraqi government forces and volunteer militiamen are continuing to battle the so-called Islamic State militant group.

The presence of the volunteer militiamen Hashd al Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, has raised fears among civilians of retributive attacks. VICE News spoke to refugees from Tikrit who were detained while attempting to flee the fighting, some of whom accused Hashd al Shaabi of carrying out abductions, forced conscription, and looting.

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