Higher prices, shortages create pressure for IS

FILE - In this Sunday, June 22, 2014, file photo, people shop around at a market in central northern city of Mosul, Iraq. It's becoming more expensive to live in the self-styled caliphate envisioned by the Islamic State group as militant-held cities grow increasingly isolated, impeding access to basic goods and services. Coalition airstrikes and ground operations in Iraq and Syria are making it difficult for products to move in and out of militant-strongholds, triggering price inflation and leading to the creation of black markets. (AP Photo, File)BAGHDAD (AP) — Saadi Abdul-Rahman was recently forced to pull his three children out of school in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where Islamic State militants have ruled with an iron fist since June. The cost of living has soared there, and the family is barely able to make ends meet, even after putting the kids to work.


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