ISIL abducted thousands of families to use as human shields in Mosul. Those who refused were shot - National Post

ISIL has abducted tens of thousands of men, women and children from around Mosul to use as human shields in the imminent battle for the city, the UN said Friday. The militants forced more than 8,000 families from their homes before marching them into ...

Iran-backed Shi'ite militias to join assault near Mosul on new front - Reuters

A man returns to his village after it was liberated from Islamic State militants, south of Mosul in Qayyara, Iraq, October 22, 2016. The fumes in the background are from oil wells that were set ablaze by Islamic State militants. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani ...

Inside Mosul: Tunnels, resistance and terror - CNN

Irbil, Iraq (CNN) Information filters out of Mosul in brief calls, smuggled messages and first-hand accounts from escapees. It's fragmentary and anecdotal, but a clear picture is emerging: ISIS leaders are preparing both for fierce battles and their ...

Islamic State militants are kidnapping thousands of people to use as human shields - Washington Post

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, the latest brutal war tactic inflicted on civilians in areas the group controls.

The Secret Eye Inside Mosul - The New Yorker

Shortly after the Islamic State swept into Iraq, in June, 2014, a clandestine blog called Mosul Eye appeared on the Internet. It provided details about life under the caliphate—initially offering hourly reports regarding roads around Mosul that were ...