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Iraq screening 20,000 to stop IS infiltrators: army

Members of the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces stand next to an armed vehicle on June 23, 2016Iraq is screening 20,000 people leaving the Fallujah area to stop jihadists of the Islamic State group escaping among civilians displaced by fighting, the army said on Saturday. Tens of thousands of people have fled as government forces fight to oust IS from Fallujah, a city 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Baghdad. Of those detained, 2,185 were suspects based on testimonies or other information, while 11,605 were released and about 7,000 were still being checked, said a spokesman for Iraq’s Joint Operations Command.

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