Isis ‘abducts 2,000 civilians to use as human shields’ while fleeing Manbij

Fighters with the Islamic State group have seized about 2,000 civilians to use as “human shields” as they fled their stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria, US-backed forces and a monitor said.

The abductions came as Russian and Syrian jets pounded rebel positions in and around second city Aleppo, killing at least 20 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Right monitor said.