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ISIS Forcing Civilians to be Human Shields

ISIS militants are reportedly forcing civilians in their self-declared caliphate to relocate to Mosul, in what is likely preparation to use them as human shields ahead of a planned allied assault on the city.

Fighters for the extremist group are going door-to-door in towns and villages south of Iraq’s second-largest city and threatening civilians with death or other punishments if they refuse to march north, Reuters and The Associated Press reported.

“[ISIS] took all of us from our homes at gunpoint and told us they were taking us with them to Mosul,” Ahmed Bilal Harish told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “They said if you don’t come with us you’re an unbeliever.”

Harish said he and his family fled the forced march north when an airstrike scattered the militants.

The hostages will join more than a million civilians who are already living in the city, which is by far the largest conurbation in the group’s self-declared Islamic caliphate.

Read more at NBC News

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