Iraqis, who fled their village due to the fighting in Mosul, are escorted to safety by forces from Iraq’s elite Rapid Response Division. AFP / Odd ANDERSEN
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Iraqi civilians who escaped from the Daesh (ISIS) stronghold of Mosul said militants forced them from their villages and drove them "like sheep" to use as human shields. Bashar huddled with his family on the back of an Iraqi security forces pickup truck after finally fleeing an area of Mosul still held by Daesh.As government forces earlier this month advanced on the city – the last major population center held by Daesh in Iraq – the family was herded with residents from outlying villages into Mosul by the retreating militants as an insurance against the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and Iraqi shelling.The troops sent a boat for them and brought them across on a last leg that finally saw them get out of Daesh territory.
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