'Iraqi army saved us,' residents outside Mosul say

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_5410433581_8ae746d004.jpegKHAZAR, Iraq — Word that the Iraqi army is nearing Mosul gave hope to traumatized refugees still covered in dust from their recent flight from the battle against the Islamic State militants.

“We are proud of the Iraqi army because they saved us,” said Abu Ali, 52, from Bazwaya, a town about 10 miles east of central Mosul that government troops retook Monday from the Islamic State. "We are not afraid of them (government troops). We are afraid of the Islamic State."

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