ISIS’ power has been in decline, and right now Iraqi forces are assaulting the ISIS stronghold of Mosul. However, ISIS has been expected this and in response has abducted almost ten thousand innocent people and is preparing to use them has human shields as a part of their “defense.” ISIS has also threatened to murder any of the civilians who tries to escape:
ISIS fighters have abducted “tens of thousands” of men, women and children from areas around Mosul to use as human shields, the UN human rights office said on Friday.
The jihadist Sunni militants killed at least 232 people on Wednesday, including 190 former Iraqi security forces (ISF) and 40 civilians who refused to obey their orders, UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a news briefing.
“Credible reports suggest that ISIL has been forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes in sub-districts around Mosul and have forcibly relocated numbers of civilians inside the city itself since the operation began on the 17th of October to restore Iraqi government control over Mosul,” Shamdasani told a briefing.
Nearly 8,000 families, of roughly six people each, were abducted in sub-districts including Shura, she said.
“ISIL’s depraved cowardly strategy is to attempt to use the presence of civilian hostages to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations, effectively using tens of thousands of women, men and children as human shields,” Shamdasani said.
“Many of those who refused to comply were shot on the spot,” she said.(source)