ISIS is reportedly forcing civilians living in their self-declared caliphate to move to Mosul, in what appears to be preparation to use them as human shields ahead of a planned allied assault on the city.
The terror group's fighters are threatening civilians in towns and villages south of Mosul with death or other punishments if they refuse to march north, Reuters and The Associated Press reported.
"[ISIS] took all of us from our homes at gunpoint and told us they were taking us with them to Mosul," Ahmed Bilal Harish told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "They said if you don't come with us you're an unbeliever."
Harish said he and his family fled the forced march north when an airstrike scattered the militants.