United Nations has reports IS using 1000s as 'human shields' in Mosul

United Nations has reports IS using 1000s as 'human shields' in Mosul

Troy Powers
November 10, 2016

The battle is expected to get even tougher when Iraqi forces enter Mosul.

Dorrian said the Iraq forces are "still largely on-plan".

Several residents and a peshmerga commander said it took only 20 fighters to control a town whose population once numbered 5,000 before many fled, so pervasive was fear of the group.

US military personnel sit in a bunker as an incoming mortar alarm is called at a coalition air base in Qayara, some 50 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. He added that a USA jet struck a school in Tall Kayf just north of Mosul on Monday, resulting in an as yet undetermined number of casualties.

Votel is the head of US Central Command and is assisting the Iraqis in the fight for Mosul.

Col. John Dorrian, a Baghdad-based military spokesman, told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday that it was believed the militants meant to use the civilians as human shields. The U.S. military says Iraqi forces have ret.

Iraqi forces also launched an operation to cut ISIS supply lines west of Mosul, according to a statement released Saturday by Hashd al Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs). No one immediately claimed the attack, but the Islamic State group has repeatedly targeted Iraq's Shiite majority and security forces.

She says that looking at an IS defeat exclusively from the point of view that it may result in fighters heading to Europe to commit terrorist acts would be "shortsighted and cynical". She says the European Union has cracked down on the financing of terror activities and stepped up control of jihadi fighters going to Syria and Iraq and returning Europe.

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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. The U.S. military says Iraqi forces have. Gen. Matthew C. Isler told The Associated Press Friday that the coalition conducted "precision strikes" on vehicles that the militants were using in the operation.

The International Organization for Migration says around 9,000 people have fled so far. "Also Wednesday, ISIS executed 190 former Iraqi security forces for refusing to join them in the Al Ghazlani base near Mosul", said Ravina Shamdasani of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

There was likely still fighting underway in the villages, and he says the forces are working to remove explosives planted by the militants to slow their advance.

Meanwhile, UN Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville has said Islamic State terrorists had reportedly killed scores of people, a lot of them former members of the Iraqi police and army, around Mosul in the last week.

It has received reports of more than 200 people being killed for refusing to comply with IS orders or previously belonging to Iraqi security forces.

The killings, which the United Nations rights office said have been "corroborated to the extent possible", are just the latest in a long line of atrocities committed by the jihadists since they overran swathes of Iraq in 2014.

She further said that since October 17, ISIS has taken "tens of thousands" of men, women and children from the outskirts of Mosul into the city, adding that the United Nations feared their goal was to be to used as human shields against the Iraqi forces advance on Mosul.

Isler said Iraqi troops were consolidating gains made east and south of the city earlier this week, but insisted "momentum" was still on their side.