Air Raids Kill Hundreds of ISIS Hostages in Mosul

Since October, around 340,000 people have fled all parts of Mosul, but 70,000 have returned to the eastern part of the city, leaving about 270,000 displaced, according to UNHCR figures.

Removing Isis from Mosul, which is Iraq's second largest city, will effectively spell the end of Isis as a land-holding force in the country, driving the remnants of the group back to their de facto capital of Raqqa.

Local officials and residents said on Thursday dozens of people were buried in collapsed buildings after an air raid against Islamic State triggered a massive explosion last week.

Destroyed buildings remain after fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, in west Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Hajem added that ISIS is using snipers and mortar shells, as well booby-trapped cars, "which is very risky for all civilians trapped inside the neighborhoods".

The child, in turn says he was sent by "Amo", which means uncle, with instructions to target "the army".

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"They were drawing tanks with ISIS flags [when they arrived]".

Following the beginning of the operation to liberate Mosul, ISIS had relocated its centers and militant gatherings to alleys and neighborhoods, especially the heavily populated ones, in order to use civilians as human shields. Cloud cover and rain in recent weeks have prevented effective air support, military officials say.

The Coalition did not give details on any specific air strike or comment on a Jadida district operation. "The Coalition conducted several strikes near Mosul and we will provide this information to our civilian casualty team for further investigation".

Moreover, the Airwars, the organisation monitoring the worldwide coalition's airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, said that at least 440+ new civilian were killed recently by the coalition - though numerous claims are contested or poorly reported.

In mid-February, Iraqi ground forces - backed by US -led coalition air power - began fresh operations aimed at ousting Daesh militants from western Mosul, the terrorist group's last bastion in northern Iraq.

Isler also told the USA magazine that fighting in Iraq's second-largest city has intensified to unprecedented levels now that fighters from Daesh are surrounded and that their leaders and foreign comrades have fled. "If we have time, we run", he said.

  • Adam Floyd