Iraqi troops inch ahead in city, UN re­counts IS atroc­i­ties

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New re­ports emerged Fri­day of public killings and other atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted against Mo­sul residents by Is­lamic State mil­i­tants, in­clud­ing dozens of civil­ians whose bul­letrid­dled bod­ies were hung from tele­phone polls af­ter they were ac­cused of us­ing cell­phones to leak in­for­ma­tion to Iraqi se­cu­rity forces.

The United Na­tions hu­man rights of­fice said IS fight­ers killed some 70 civil­ians in Mo­sul this week, part of a litany of abuses to come to light in re­cent days, in­clud­ing tor­ture, sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of women and girls, and use of child sol­diers who were filmed ex­e­cut­ing civil­ians.

The reve­la­tions are the lat­est re­ports of IS bru­tal­ity as the group re­treats into dense ur­ban quar­ters of Iraqi’s sec­ond-largest city, forc­ing the pop­u­la­tion to go with them as hu­man shields.

In its re­port, the U.N. hu­man rights of­fice in Geneva said IS shot and killed 40 peo­ple on Tues­day.

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