New York Times: ISIS Is Massacring Mosul Civilians as Troops Advance, U.N. Says
GENEVA — Islamic State militants have summarily killed scores of civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul in recent days, sometimes using children as executioners, and have used chemical agents against Iraqi and Kurdish troops, United Nations officials said on Friday.
Video posted by the militants on Wednesday showed four children, who appear to be 10 to 14 years old, shooting four civilians accused of disloyalty at a location near the Tigris River, said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the United Nations human rights office in Geneva. The video release identified one of the children as Russian, another as coming from Uzbekistan and two as Iraqis.
United Nations investigators had not identified the time of the killings but believed they were recent, citing the surge in executions by Islamic State courts and fighters in and around Mosul in recent weeks and the brutal training the militants have forced on children in the parts of Iraq and Syria they control.
“They are showing they are still in business,” Ms. Shamdasani said of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh.
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WNU Editor: Reports are coming in that Iraqi forces are also showing no mercy to captured ISIS fighters .... Cowering in the kitchen: ISIS suspects are rounded up in Mosul amid accusations Iraqi forces have meted out revenge executions for the atrocities carried out by jihadists (Daily Mail). More here .... Men wearing Iraqi police uniforms 'torture and kill civilians' outside Mosul (The Independent).
More News On The Battle For Mosul
ISIS Executing Dozens in Mosul as Iraqi Troops Continue Street Battles in City -- Newsweek
Islamic State Atrocities Grow as Battle for Mosul Intensifies -- VOA
UN reveals new Isis atrocities against people of Mosul -- International Business Times
U.N.: 40 Mosul civilians shot, killed, hung from power poles by Islamic State -- UPI
UN Reports Civilian Killings, Other Atrocities in Mosul -- AP
Iraqi special forces seize Mosul district in fresh push -- Reuters
Iraqi troops tell of Mosul 'nightmare' -- Reuters TV
Iraq troops slow Mosul advance as they clear neighborhoods -- AP
Street fighting in civilian populated Mosul neighborhoods -- RUDAW
Isis deploys child suicide bombers as Iraqi army advances -- The Guardian
Isis tunnels turn battle for Mosul into a 'nightmare' -- The Times
Fear and relief at Iraqi checkpoint on escape route from Mosul -- Reuters
The battle for Mosul: Tales of horror emerge as thousands flee clashes to oust IS -- Amnesty International
Photos show ‘scorched earth’ campaign by Islamic State defenders in Mosul -- Washington post
Update: It looks like the nightmare scenario is starting to unfold .... Mosul: UN says Islamic State stockpiling chemicals as Iraqi troops inch ahead in Mosul (ABC News Online). More here .... Iraqi troops inch ahead in Mosul as U.N. says chemicals used (AP).