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New ISIS Tactic: Gather Mosul’s Civilians, Then Lure an Airstrike, by Michael R. Gordon (NYT via Counter Extremism Project)

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Mar. 30, 2017

“A United States military spokesman said Thursday that Islamic State fighters had been herding local Iraqi residents into buildings in western Mosul, calculating that rising civilian casualties would restrain the United States from using airstrikes to help retake that half of the city. ‘What you see now is not the use of civilians as human shields,’ said Col. Joseph E. Scrocca, a spokesman for the American-led task force that is battling the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. ‘ISIS is smuggling civilians into buildings so we won’t see them and trying to bait the coalition to attack.’”

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