ISIS terrorists fighting a vicious battle to gain control of Mosul have been using civilians as human shields, various media outlets reported this week.
On top of that: Military and intelligence officials say ISIS is preparing to unleash chemical weapons on opponents. Analysts told Fox news they’ve collected evidence of mustard gas in and around Mosul.
From the Daily Mail:
“ISIS thugs have resorted to using human shields as they attempt to defend Mosul as it emerged the terror group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is thought to be trapped in the city.
“Fanatics have been preventing the city’s 1.5 million residents from escaping in recent weeks, according to Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis.
“They are being held there ‘against their will’ and coalition forces ‘know they are being used as human shields,’ Davis added.
“It comes as it was claimed that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was holed up in the city along with his explosives expert Fawzi Ali Nouimeh.”
ISIS terrorists this week began setting fire to oil wells, sending huge swaths of black smoke into the air – the same tactics used by Saddam Hussein 25 years ago, during the Gulf War.
Again, from the Daily Mail:
“The scorched earth tactics are used to limit the visibility of enemy pilots during air strikes. It also destroys millions of dollars worth of oil that is crucial in a way that is also extremely bad for the environment.
“Civilians have already begun fleeing the villages around Mosul as the allies advance, in a bid to stay clear of the ongoing fighting. …
“As many as 5,000 IS soldiers are thought to remain in Mosul, with US President Barack Obama warning of the tough battle ahead.”