IS force young men to fight in defence of Mosul - refugees

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from Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation
Published on 20 Mar 2017 View Original

"I hid my sons in the basement and told them if you want my sons you will have to kill me"

  • Forced recruitment sign of attrition

  • Residents pour out of eastern Mosul

  • Battle focused on Old City but IS hold other areas

By Patrick Markey and John Davison

MOSUL, Iraq, March 20 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants are forcing young men in western Mosul to fight for them in defence of the remaining pockets of their former stronghold against an Iraqi government assault, fleeing residents and Iraqi officers said on Monday.

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