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The Islamic State Is Using Families As Human Shields In Mosul, U.N. Says

Iraqi troops are busy trying to retake the city from the militants.

Islamic State militants have taken 550 families from villages around Mosul and are holding them close to Islamic State locations in the Iraqi city, probably as human shields, a spokeswoman for the U.N. human rights office said on Friday.

U.N. spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani, citing “corroborated information” from the area, said the office was also investigating reports that Islamic State militants had killed 40 civilians in one village.

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