Islamic State Abducts Over 200 Near Mosul, Retreats With Thousands: UN

An Iraqi boy looks on as people collect wood and metal at a site which was targeted by an airstrike a couple of days ago, in Qayyarah south of Mosul, on October 29, 2016. Iraqi paramilitary forces launched an operation to cut the Islamic State group's supply lines between its …
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(REUTERS) – Islamic State fighters have abducted 295 former Iraqi Security Forces members near Mosul and forced 1,500 families to retreat with them from the town of Hammam al Alil toward Mosul airport, UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said on Tuesday.

“People forcibly moved or abducted, it appears, are either intended to be used as human shields or – depending on their perceived affiliations – killed,” she said.

The UN also had information about the abduction of at least 30 sheikhs in Sinjar last week, and one report that 18 of them had been killed on Friday.

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