Tents Stolen From Refugees in Iraq

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The Iraqi army has been accused of taking tents from refugees fleeing a conflict zone and giving them to its own troops.

The army had pledged to help the hundreds of thousands expected to be made homeless by its operation to liberate Mosul from ISIL.

But when The Daily Telegraph visited a camp in the town of Tinah, near Qayyarah in northern Iraq, this week it was told by local Iraqi police guarding the site that soldiers had come and loaded the tents on to their trucks and left.

“They were coming from Baghdad, they said they were the rapid response unit,” said one officer, who asked not to be named. “They said they needed them as they didn’t have enough at their base. I begged them not to take them as the refugees here have nothing, but they ignored me and I couldn’t stop them.”

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