Is­lamic State ‘us­ing hu­man shields’ in Mo­sul

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Mo­sul: The US has ac­cused Is­lamic State (IS) mil­i­tants of us­ing civil­ians as hu­man shields as Iraqi forces move closer to the group’s strong­hold in Mo­sul. Some 700,000 peo­ple are be­lieved to re­main in the city in north­ern Iraq, where up to 5000 IS fight­ers face the ad­vanc­ing govern­ment-led coali­tion. News that the nearby town of Qaraqosh had been lib­er­ated was later de­nied by a govern­ment com­man­der. But the US-backed coali­tion say they have driven IS out of 10 vil­lages. Govern­ment troops are mov­ing up from the south while their Kur­dish al­lies are ap­proach­ing from the east in a two-pronged cam­paign. BBC

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