ISIL forces civilians to act as human shields as the battle for Ramadi rages

ISIL forces civilians to act as human shields as the battle for Ramadi rages
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As the Iraqi army continues to force ISIL out of the city of Ramadi.

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As the Iraqi army continues to force ISIL out of the city of Ramadi.

After Ramadi, what's next for the fight against Isis? https://t.co/Yc2hHFbeXtpic.twitter.com/l3cqM4prUX

— i100 (@thei100) January 1, 2016

A picture of life under the Sunni militant group is beginning to unfold.

ISIL took control of Ramadi last May and since then a months long battle has raged as Iraqi forces attempt to retake the city.

Ramadi's residents flee #ISIS: "They wanted to use our kids as human shields" https://t.co/ZdNRh8Wmqtpic.twitter.com/ntqKcuSTSs

— CNN (@CNN) December 31, 2015

Severe shortages of food and water are a daily occurance in the rubble city.

Iraqi forces have retaken the center of Ramadi from the Islamic State https://t.co/DYzxL3zxb1pic.twitter.com/CIlzzvpqSK

— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 28, 2015

As the army made inroads into Ramadi ISIL forced as many as 1,000 families into the east of the city killing or threatening to kill those that refused to move.

Victory near for Iraq forces as IS fighters leave key Ramadi compound https://t.co/1rbJPdWk3a#Ramadipic.twitter.com/GOxeihn4Sd

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) December 27, 2015

One man spoke of ISIL’s brutality:“Daesh may God punish them. They shot people in the head who refused to go with them to al-Sufiya. The bodies are still there. You can go and see them. There were seven.”

Iraqi forces in fierce battles with IS group jihadists in Ramadi https://t.co/om7xeOoMxs#Ramadipic.twitter.com/ZzNj5MfnLB

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) December 26, 2015

Families being evacuated by #Iraq's armed forces from central Ramadi. Da'ish used these civilians as human shields. pic.twitter.com/br8zG0o3g6

— Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) December 29, 2015

The Iraqi military claims they are being used as human shields.

Ramadi represents a rare success for the army against ISIL, which still controls large parts of Iraq and Syria.

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