Air strikes rattle IS in Mosul, with high toll on civilians

Dozens of militants are dying every week, sowing paranoia among their ranks. But as the group embeds itself deeper into the city, residents say they are also suffering – from both IS crackdowns and air strikes.
Smoke rising in the skyline after airstrikes by the Iraq military in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (Associated Press)

MOSUL - Air strikes deep inside Mosul are taking a punishing toll on the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) group, killing dozens of militants per week, draining their reserves of cash and spreading rampant paranoia among their ranks.

But weakening IS comes at an increasing cost to the beleaguered civilians trapped in the city, who are being subjected to a campaign of summary executions, harassment and interrogations. Residents also fear they will be killed by war planes, as IS militants embed themselves among the civilian population and air strikes more aggressively hit targets in residential areas.

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