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Daesh Resorted to Tactics Never Seen Before to Exploit Iraqi Civilians

© REUTERS / Muhammad HamedIraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) gather during an operation to clear the al-Zirai district of Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, January 18, 2017
Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) gather during an operation to clear the al-Zirai district of Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, January 18, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Operation Inherent Resolve Ground Forces Commander Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin said that Daesh fighters used Iraqi civilians as sex slaves, slave labor and in other ways.

A member of the Iraqi Army's 9th Armoured Division walks past an armoured vehicle at the frontline in western Mosul, Iraq June 12, 2017 - Sputnik International
Iraqis Explain Why Campaign to Liberate Mosul Has Lasted Eight Grueling Months
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Islamic State [Daesh] terror group (banned in Russia) has used tactics never seen before against civilians trapped in the western part of Mosul, Operation Inherent Resolve Ground Forces Commander Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin said in a briefing on Wednesday.

"They resulted to tactics that we’ve never seen before. I’ve been in the military for 31 years and I’ve never seen an adversary like this — I’ve never read about an adversary like this that exploits the population the way that they have," Martin told reporters.

Martin explained that Daesh fighters used Iraqi civilians as sex slaves, slave labor and in other ways.

"They’ve used them just about any way they could," he added.

Burned car in Mosul - Sputnik International
Daesh Kills Over 160 Civilians Attempting to Flee Mosul on June 1
Since the operation to retake Mosul began last year, media reports and witnesses have said the Daesh booby-trapped the city with bombs, forced civilians to be suicide bombers, and used them as human shields to escape the city.

US-led coalition airstrikes have also been blamed for civilian deaths. Last week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said a US strike on May 31 killed between 50 and 80 civilians. The same UN report found that Daesh militants killed many more, with the terror group's snipers, bombs and shelling killing around 230 people in the same period.

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