The so-called Islamic State (ISIS)seized 197 children and is using them as human shields, according to the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights.
The children are being held around the Large Mosque on the western bank of Mosul to halt the advance of the coalition forces currently trying to wrestle western Mosul from ISIS’ grip, said Mustafa Sa’adoun, who heads the IOHR.
The U.S. top military staffer in Iraq, Lt.-Gen. Stephen Townsend, also believes ISIS is using human shields. But, he added, this will not stop the push against ISIS.