Civilians flee their houses, as Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces fight against Islamic State militants, in the village of Tob Zawa, about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) from Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.<br>Khalid Mohammed/AP Photo

Islamic State militants are kidnapping thousands of people to use as human shields

Islamic State militants have rounded up thousands of villagers at gunpoint to use as human shields as they retreat toward their stronghold of Mosul, the latest brutal war tactic inflicted on civilians in areas the group controls.

US general: Syrian Democratic Forces will lead the assault on Raqqa

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will lead the impending assault on Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s stronghold in Syria, despite the objections of the Turkish government, a top U.S. general said Wednesday.

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Oil fires blaze near hub for Mosul operation

Black smoke from oil fires set by fleeing Islamic State fighters spews into the skies around Qayara Airfield West where U.S. advisers are helping the Iraqi army oversee the campaign to free the key northern city of Mosul.

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