ISIS MINING MOSUL TO STOP FLEEING FAMILIES
2Islamic State militants are planting bombs near front doors in Mosul to prevent civilians leaving, as Iraqi forces make their final push against the jihadists after months of fighting. Trapped in a shrinking area of the city, the militants are using the several hundred thousand civilians under their control as human shields to avoid being targeted or perhaps tarnish what Iraqi leaders describe as imminent victory. Backed by a U.S.-led coalition, Iraqi forces have made gains since opening a new front in northwest Mosul this month and have now dislodged Islamic State from all but about 5 square miles of the city. The militants still control the Old City, where they are expected to make their last stand in the densely populated, narrow streets that are impassible for armored vehicles, forcing Iraqi forces to advance on foot.