Washington Post: Islamic State militants are kidnapping thousands of people to use as human shields
TULUL AL-NASIR, Iraq — Islamic State militants have rounded up thousands of villagers at gunpoint to use as human shields as they retreat toward their stronghold of Mosul, according to Iraqi military officers and people who escaped, the latest brutal war tactic to bring suffering to the civilian population in areas they control.
Some villagers said they ran and hid in the desert to avoid being taken. Others were forced to walk toward Mosul and away from the advancing Iraqi forces, but later managed to flee. Those who refused were shot, they said.
Military officials said they did not know exactly how many people were forced to leave, but residents of at least seven villages south of Mosul were moved deeper into Islamic State territory.
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