The civilian death toll is rising as IS militants use human shields in their ruthless defense of western Mosul.
Published Friday, March 31st, 2017
ERBIL - Umm Sarah could hardly believe it: weeks after militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) executed her husband and threw her family onto the street, they invited her back into her home in western Mosul.
"I was informed by IS that I was allowed to reclaim my house and resettle in it," Umm Sarah said by phone from inside IS-held western Mosul, using a pseudonym. "I was in disbelief when IS provided my kids and me with food, supplies, and financial aid."