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Falluja’s civilians risk dangerous river escape

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>> The desperate people of Fallujah are taking matters into their own hands. Many trying to flee the Islamic State's stronghold across the Euphrates River. That as the Islamists battle an offensive by Iraqi government forces and Shiite militia. Now the river is the last way out, but it's a perilous crossing.
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At least three members of one family reported drowned over the weekend. The fact that people will run such risks hinting at how desperate conditions must be. Meanwhile battle rages around Fallujah with the Islamists driven out of one satellite town. But there are signs too of infighting among the attackers.
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One Shiite leader using a TV appearance Sunday to criticize a lack of planning for the offensive. He also accused the government of moving units away from Fallujah towards Mosul, IslamicSstate's de facto capital in Iraq. Earlier another senior Shiite said the attack was grinding to a halt. But the militia have sowed some confusion of their own too.
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The Badr Organization, the largest part of the attack coalition, making conflicting statements about whether it plans to enter Fallujah. That after calls for the group to stay out for fear it could conduct reprisals against the town's largely Sunni population.