November 11, 2016
Islamic State fighters have killed scores of alleged spies or battlefield deserters in the past week and are dispatching boys as young as 12 to the frontlines with suicide belts as the group’s enemies advance on its last major strongholds.
Witnesses in Raqqa and Mosul – as well as the UN’s high commissioner for refugees – said Isis had also displaced tens of thousands of residents for use as human shields as it came under increasing military pressure.
The Iraqi army continues to make slow gains inside Mosul’s outer limits while, 260 miles (420km) to the west, a US-backed Kurdish force is edging towards Raqqa in Syria.
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Source: The Guardian.