U.S. Central Command released drone surveillance video today it says shows ISIS fighters forcibly moving civilians into a west Mosul home to be used as human shields.
The video was taken on March 29 at the height of the Iraqi military’s difficult push to retake the western half of Iraq’s second largest city from ISIS.
“Our Iraqi partners and CJTF have seen the tactic of ISIS intentionally placing civilians in harm’s way,” said Col. John J. Thomas, U.S. Central Command spokesman, in a statement released Friday. “While the video cannot portray intent, it does show actions, including knowingly establishing firing positions while civilians were present.”
The video was first referenced by U.S. military officials in the days following the announcement of an