Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Battle For Mosul -- News Updates November 8, 2016

The Guardian: Isis forces 1,500 Iraqi families to march to Mosul

Civilians expected to be used as human shields by Islamic State as it loses control of village where mass grave found

Islamic State militants have forced 1,500 Iraqi families to march to Mosul from the village of Hammam al-Alil, where advancing soldiers have found a mass grave feared to contain dozens of bodies.

As Isis loses control of areas, summary executions and forced marches of civilians have become a grim feature of the military campaign to oust the militants from their last major stronghold in Iraq, now stretching into its fourth week.

Nearly 300 former members of the security forces and 30 sheikhs, or local leaders, had reportedly disappeared from other villages around Mosul, a senior United Nations official said.

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The Battle For Mosul -- News Updates November 8, 2016

Escaping Islamic State clutches in Mosul, civilians are targeted and trapped -- Reuters
Islamic State abducts soldiers, civilians in and around Mosul: U.N. -- UPI
UN: IS Militants Abducted Hundreds Of Ex-Iraqi Soldiers Near Mosul -- RFE
Islamic State defends Mosul with dozens of suicide bombers -- Long War Journal
Iraqi Kurds take key IS group-held town northeast of Mosul -- France 24
US Apache Gunships Back Iraqi Forces in Mosul Offensive -- DoD Buzz
US using Apache helicopters in the battle for Mosul -- AFP
US using Apache helicopters in Mosul battle -- RUDAW
Pentagon: US Apache helicopters having 'significant effect' in Mosul offensive -- The Hill
Pentagon still deciding whether American troops will enter Mosul -- Stars and Stripes
U.S. bombed Mosul terrorists every 8 minutes for 3 days, official says -- Washington Times
Mosul battle: Experts probe IS mass grave at Hamam al-Alil -- BBC
Remains in Mass Grave Near Mosul Identified -- WSJ
Battle for Mosul: Investigators examine mass grave site -- Al Jazeera
The ISIS killing fields: Children's toys and human skulls lie in shallow graves at scene of Mosul school execution where 100 civilians were beheaded -- Daily Mail
Food Pre-Positioned for 1.25 Million People in Mosul -- VOA
American volunteer medics treat casualties of Mosul combat -- Military Times
Life after ISIL on the outskirts of Mosul -- Al Jazeera
How to Achieve Real Strategic Victory in Mosul -- Jack A. Goldstone, National Interest
The Battle for Mosul -- 60 Minutes/CBS

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