AP EXCLUSIVE: Mosul Pilgrims Barred From Returning Home

October 15, 2015 11:32 AM

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KIRKUK, Iraq — Like hundreds of elderly men and women from the Iraqi city of Mosul, Hajji Ahmed left in August to participate in the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Leaving the militant-held city comes at a high price. Many residents are now forced to give up the deed to their homes as collateral to ensure they return — a tactic the militant group uses to keep civilians from fleeing the city.

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