American-trained and equipped Iraqi troops have been surrendering in droves — providing the ISIS militants with weapons, including Humvees once used by U.S. forces.
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An Iraqi soldier who surrendered to ISIS in Mosul told NBC News he was ashamed of his actions but was following his commanding officer's orders. Hussein al-Shiblie claimed that the officers in Mosul appeared to have a deal with ISIS.
Militants also marched into the towns of Saadiyah and Jalawla in the eastern province of Diyala after security forces abandoned their posts early on Friday, security sources told Reuters.
On Thursday, ISIS declared Shariah law was in effect in the areas they controlled, outlawed other forms of Islamic worship and ordered women to wear the hijab – a traditional Muslim head and body covering. They also declared that no other armed forces would be tolerated except ISIS.
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Meanwhile, a United Nations official told Reuters that the number of people killed after ISIS militants overran Mosul may run into the hundreds.