US accuses IS of using human shields as Mosul offensive continues

Fighters with the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) group have been trapping Mosul’s civilian population to use as human shields, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said IS had for weeks prevented Mosul’s estimated population of 1.5 million from escaping.

“We know they are being used as human shields, absolutely,” Davis told reporters. “They are being held there against their will. We have not seen any change in the last day of people leaving or fleeing.”

Moment injured ISIS fighter detonates his suicide vest next to Peshmerga forces