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Terrorists Can Easily Target Civilians On The Run

Civilians fleeing the fighting in Iraq can become victims of terror groups.

By Melissa Prax | August 6, 2016

When violence hits a city, people flee. But that can make them targets for terrorists to capture or kill.

That's what happened in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk in early August. The United Nations says ISIS took as many as 3,000 Iraqis into captivity. At least 12 were killed.

Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights put its estimate of the situation lower, at 1,900 people captured.

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While an increase in international efforts to retake cities might be good for the fight against terrorism overall, it's a lose-lose situation for civilians.

When U.S-backed Iraqi forces took back the city of Fallujah, ISIS threatened to use people as human shields. It's a technique the group has used since.

And all over Syria, fleeing a besieged city might be the only way to get aid like food — but that can be a deadly decision.

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Of course, ISIS isn't the only terrorist group to capture vulnerable civilians. 

Almost 10 million people in Iraq and Syria are currently displaced, and millions more are in need of aid.

This video includes clips from United NationsIraqi Ministry of DefenseAlaanU.S. Department of Defense, Fallujah ChannelDarya Media Center and Medi 1 TV. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

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