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Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act Advances to Senate Floor

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act (H.R. 3542), which sanctions Hamas — an Iran-backed terrorist organization — for using civilians as human shields – a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights.

In this Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 photo, a wounded Iraqi special forces soldier gets treatment at a field clinic in Gogjali, on the eastern outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. As Iraqi forces struggle to secure recent gains against the Islamic State group in Mosul, casualties are spiking. Iraqi officers say they …

Islamic State Takes Hundreds of Hostages in Mosul

The Islamic State has taken hundreds of hostages as it falls back into its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, bolstering its inventory of civilian human shields with 295 Iraqi Security Forces troops kidnapped last week.

Iraqi forces pushed the Islamic State group out of Qayyarah, considered strategic for a planned offensive against the jihadists' last Iraqi stronghold of Mosul

U.S. Expects Islamic State to Use Chemical Weapons to Defend Mosul

American officials fear that Islamic State jihadists will use crudely-designed chemical weapons, primarily packed with a sulfur mustard gas agent, to defend their de-facto capital of Mosul in Iraq from advancing Iraqi forces, Kurdish troops and Iran-allied Shiite militias, backed by U.S. troops.

Fighters of Islamic State stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 11, 2014. REUTERS

Aid Agency: Islamic State Shooting Dead Fleeing Fallujah Civilians

Brutal Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists are shooting dead civilians who try to flee the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), an aid agency. According to BBC, families interviewed by NRC revealed that civilians are

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UN Decries Boko Haram’s Reign of Terror in Cameroon

Though headquartered in northern Nigeria, the Islamic jihadist group Boko Haram has been wreaking devastation in neighboring regions as well, and in the last six months has abducted some 1,500 children from Cameroon, according to recent UN reports.

Hamas stops Palestinian children from entering Israel on peace trip

Col. Kemp: Media Encourage Terrorists to Use Human Shields in War

JERUSALEM, Israel — Col. Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, told a legal conference that the Western media have encouraged terrorists to use human shields in war by focusing attention on civilian casualties in such a way that Western military forces were effectively deterred from responding to terrorist attacks. He suggested that legal doctrines might need to be adjusted in order to remove the operational advantage human shields provide terrorists.