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Frees ‘human shields’

13 Aug, 2016


A man cuts the bread of civilian who was the evacuated with others  Islamic State releases hundreds of civilians they used as human shields while fleeing a crumbling stronghold in northern Syria. The retreat from the city, which IS captured in 2014. marks the militants’ worst defeat yet at the hands of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an Arab-Kurdish alliance supported by US air power. Fleeing fighters took around 2,000 civilians, including women and children, on Friday to ward off air strikes as they headed to the IS-held frontier town of Jarabulus, according to the SDF.

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