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ISIS Forcing Civilians to Be Human Shields in Mosul: Reports



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    Internally displaced persons clear a checkpoint in Qayara, some 50 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Islamic State militants have been going door to door in farming communities south of Mosul, ordering people at gunpoint to follow them north into the city and apparently using them as human shields as they retreat from Iraqi forces. Witnesses to the forced evacuation describe scenes of chaos as hundreds of people were driven north across the Ninevah plains and into the heavily-fortified city, where the extremists are believed to be preparing for a climactic showdown.

    ISIS is reportedly forcing civilians living in their self-declared caliphate to move to Mosul, in what appears to be preparation to use them as human shields ahead of a planned allied assault on the city.

    The terror group's fighters are threatening civilians in towns and villages south of Mosul 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.