The town circle in Hamam al-Alil, Iraq, where the bodies of resistance fighters were publicly executed and displayed by Islamic State militants. (Photo: Osie Greenway)
USA Today: Meet the men who fought ISIS from inside Mosul
"It would be very difficult for a big group to fight" the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and keep it a secret, said Salwan Hamis, 27, a former policeman in this town nearly 20 miles south of Mosul. He had attempted to join a resistance group in Mosul, but its members went into hiding shortly after he made contact with them.
Despite their caution, many paid with their lives for acts of rebellion as small as spraying anti-ISIS graffiti on walls and as important as assassinating ISIS fighters.
Hani Juma Muhammed Sultan, 48, is one such rebel honored as a hero in this town. He was gunned down by ISIS in 2016 after a lengthy battle.
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WNU Editor: It is telling that most of these resistance fighters are now dead.