UN says Is­lamic State us­ing thou­sands as hu­man shields

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

The Is­lamic State group is us­ing tens of thou­sands of peo­ple as “hu­man shields” in and around Mo­sul while the Iraqi forces are wag­ing a large-scale of­fen­sive aimed at re­tak­ing the coun­try’s sec­ond­largest city, the U.N. hu­man rights of­fice said Fri­day.

The U.S. mil­i­tary, which is pro­vid­ing airstrikes and ground sup­port for the op­er­a­tion, said it tried to dis­rupt the forced dis­place­ment of civil­ians south of Mo­sul ear­lier this week by strik­ing mil­i­tant ve­hi­cles be­ing used in the forced push.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Matthew C. Isler said the U.S.-led coali­tion con­ducted “pre­ci­sion strikes” on ve­hi­cles that were un­oc­cu­pied and far enough away from civil­ians to avoid harm­ing them.

The U.S. is pro­vid­ing airstrikes and ground sup­port for the Mo­sul of­fen­sive. More than 100 Amer­i­can sol­diers are em­bed­ded with Iraqi units and hun­dreds more are based in stag­ing ar­eas.

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