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Thousands of Iraqi families bear the burden of IS legacy

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Nour Ahmed, who says says her husband was snatched by unknown assailants two years ago, displays her marriage document, i...
In this March 18, 2019 photo, Um Yusuf, a widow of an Islamic State group militant, and her daughter make bread to sell, in Mosul, Iraq. Thousands of ...
In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, a widow of Islamic State group militant, Muthanna Hussein, listens to legal advice, at a clinic supported by the Norwegia...
In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, women wait for legal advice in a legal clinic supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mosul, Iraq. Thousands ...
In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Nour Ahmed, who says says her husband was snatched by unknown assailants two years ago, displays her marriage document, i...
In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, a mother of a missing man listens to an attorney at a legal clinic supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mo...
In this March 18, 2019 photo, Um Yusuf, a widow of an Islamic State group militant, and her children have lunch, in Mosul, Iraq. Thousands of Iraqi fa...
In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, a widow of Islamic State group militant, Muthanna Hussein, who was killed fighting Iraqi security forces, displays her hu...
In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, a widow of an Islamic State group militant trains at a sewing workshop supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in wes...
In this March 18, 2019 photo, Um Yusuf, a widow of an Islamic State group militant, and her daughters make bread to sell, in Mosul, Iraq. Thousands of...

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Nour Ahmed, who says says her husband was snatched by unknown assailants two years ago, displays her marriage document, i...

In this March 18, 2019 photo, Um Yusuf, a widow of an Islamic State group militant, and her daughter make bread to sell, in Mosul, Iraq. Thousands of ...

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, a widow of Islamic State group militant, Muthanna Hussein, listens to legal advice, at a clinic supported by the Norwegia...

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, women wait for legal advice in a legal clinic supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mosul, Iraq. Thousands ...

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Nour Ahmed, who says says her husband was snatched by unknown assailants two years ago, displays her marriage document, i...

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, a mother of a missing man listens to an attorney at a legal clinic supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mo...

In this March 18, 2019 photo, Um Yusuf, a widow of an Islamic State group militant, and her children have lunch, in Mosul, Iraq. Thousands of Iraqi fa...

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, a widow of Islamic State group militant, Muthanna Hussein, who was killed fighting Iraqi security forces, displays her hu...

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, a widow of an Islamic State group militant trains at a sewing workshop supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in wes...

In this March 18, 2019 photo, Um Yusuf, a widow of an Islamic State group militant, and her daughters make bread to sell, in Mosul, Iraq. Thousands of...

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Thousands of families in the Iraqi city of Mosul and elsewhere across the country face crushing discrimination because their male relatives were seen as affiliated with or supporting the Islamic State group when the extremists held large swaths of Iraq.

The wives, widows and children have been disowned by their relatives and abandoned by the state.

Registrars refuse to register births to women with suspected IS husbands, and schools will not enroll their children because they are undocumented. Mothers are turned away from welfare, and mukhtars — community mayors — won't let their families move into their neighborhoods.

Iraq has done little to probe the actions of the tens of thousands of men who willingly or by force joined, worked and possibly fought for IS during its brutal 2013-2017 rule.