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IS traps Mosul civilians as human shields, Pentagon says

A woman sits at a refugee camp housing Iraqi families who fled fighting in the Mosul area on October 17, 2016 in the northeastern town of al-Hol in Syria's Hasakeh provinceIslamic State jihadists are trapping Mosul’s civilians to use as human shields, the Pentagon said Tuesday as President Barack Obama warned of “significant” potential displacement as the offensive for the Iraqi city progresses. Authorities and aid agencies are bracing for a massive flow of civilians fleeing the northern Iraqi city as the fight to seize the last remaining IS stronghold in the country progresses. Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said IS had for weeks kept Mosul’s estimated population of 1.5 million from escaping, with the start of the offensive offering them no respite.

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