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ISIS using human shields to escape from major Iraqi army offensive

ISIS using human shields to escape from major Iraqi army offensive

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

ISIS terrorists are using human shields and have booby-trapped entire houses in Ramadi in a bid to prevent the Iraqi army from retaking the strategically important town.

An estimated 100 jihadis are surrounded by Iraqi troops who are being supported by US airstrikes, who are targeting the remaining ISIS strong points. 

ISIS captured the city, which is about 60 miles from Baghdad, in May. The defeat was a major propaganda victory for the terrorists. 

According to an army lieutenant-colonel who spoke to AFP: 'The Iraqi forces are in Hoz neighbourhood... about 500 metres away from the governmental complex.'

Sabah Karhout of the Anbar provincial council said ISIS had prepared a strong defense with improvised explosive devices and were using human shields. 

Karhout claimed the Iraqi army's advance had to be 'cautious'. 

Colonel Steve Warren, the US-led coalition's spokesman said: 'There's stiff resistance, there's been fierce fighting over the last 24 hours in the southern part of Ramadi city. 

'They've established a strong defence using improvised explosive devices as mine fields, booby traps, rigging entire houses to explode.'

Warren said intelligence reports suggested there were 100 fighters holed up in the government building. 

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