As Iraqi forces progress through the country recapturing their territory, ISIS seems to be responding with desperate acts. Targeting civilians and other minorities, the extremist group is reported to be kidnapping men, women, and children to become human shields. Considering ISIS’s previous treatment of religious minorities, this action may prove dangerous for the especially vulnerable Christian population.
3/06/2017 Iraq (Al Jazeera) – Tarik Hassan and his family became human shields 18 months ago. Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) came to their village home near the town of Hammam al-Alil and ordered the 30-year-old, his wife and five children to pack and leave.
From then on, they would live in Mosul, the Iraqi capital of ISIL’s self-proclaimed caliphate.
The Hassans say that they were targeted because ISIL, also known as ISIS, knew that Tarik’s cousin was a member of Iraq’s national intelligence service. They joined kidnapped relatives of police and army officers held near ISIL fighters’ bases and facilities as insurance against widespread use of heavy weapons or air strikes by the Iraqi army.