At Any Cost: The Civilian catastrophe in West Mosul, Iraq

11 July 2017, 10:02 UTC | Iraq

At Any Cost: The civilian catastrophe in West Mosul, Iraq, uncovers the horrifying scale of death, injury and suffering of civilians trapped in the battle for west Mosul. The report documents how the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) moved civilians from neighboring villages into the zones of the battle in west Mosul, trapped them in their homes and prevented them from escaping, using them as human shields. Meanwhile Iraqi and coalition forces failed to take adequate measures to protect civilians, instead subjecting them to a terrifying barrage of fire from weapons that should never be used in densely populated civilian areas.

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