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As U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces continue their efforts to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, jihadists are using desperate and violent tactics to maintain their ground in the region. ISIS militants are using children and disabled people as bombs by forcing them into explosives-laden trucks, a general from the U.S.-led coalition told Agence France-Presse this week.

Officials believe ISIS' adoption of coercive new techniques, including increasingly desperate battlefield measures, is a sign the group is aware that defeat is inevitable. 

U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Matt Isler told AFP that ISIS was using exploding trucks, known as vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), to target several areas in Iraq and also use them as part of the Mosul offensive. As the group was running out of jihadists willing to drive the explosives-laden trucks, they chose to force children and disabled people into it.

Read more: International Business Times

Iraqi forces fighting ISIS in western Mosul reportedly told local jihadists they would be offered 'special care from the judiciary' if they killed foreign militants.

The forces, who also encouraged locals to pick up weapons and join the fight against ISIS, made their announcement as they gained control of Mosul airport on Friday and a sprawling military base next to it on the city's southwestern edge. 

'I can confirm that the airport is fully liberated,' said Brigadier General Abbas al-Juburi, of the interior ministry's elite Rapid Response units that led the assault on the airport, which was largely destroyed by ISIS forces,. 

The public announcement offered 'special care from the judiciary' to local ISIS members who were willing to kill foreign militants. They also offered members of ISIS a chance to surrender. 

Read more: Daily Mail

Pakistan's military has announced a major new nationwide operation to deal with militancy in the country in the wake of a string of terrorist attacks.

The operation, called Radd-ul-Fasaad, which translates to 'Elimination of Discord,' has been launched to "eliminate the menace of terrorism," according to a statement released by the military.

The announcement comes after a wave of bloody attacks has lead to mounting public criticism of the army and government.

Read more: CNN

Kansas reeled on Friday as a shooting at a bar, which left one Indian engineer dead and another injured, escalated into an international incident amid fears that the attack was motivated by bias and hate.

The authorities in the United States, including F.B.I. agents, are investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime, and India’s government expressed shock over the episode in suburban Kansas City. The attack occurred around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kan., southwest of Kansas City.

At least one witness said that the gunman, identified by the authorities as Adam W. Purinton, 51, yelled “get out of my country” before opening fire, The Kansas City Star reported. A bartender at a Clinton, Mo., restaurant where Mr. Purinton was later captured said he had heard him say that he had killed two Middle Eastern men.

Read more: New York Times

Tunisia's unhappy distinction as one of the world's primary jihadi exporters is coming home to haunt the country, where young men trained by the Islamic State group have killed tourists, soldiers and even an unfortunate shepherd.

As the extremists suffer one battlefield defeat after another, Tunisia is being torn by a furious debate over what to do with returnees from among the 3,000 to 6,000 who left — and how to determine what threat they pose.

"These are people who were indoctrinated. These are people who left and who destroyed their Tunisian passports and who announced that they belonged to the nation of Daesh," or IS, protest movement leader Boutheina Chihi Ezzine said.

Tunisia prisons are full, its courts are backlogged with terrorism cases, and its desert borders are porous. It also was the only country to emerge from the 2011 Arab Spring with a functioning democracy and is not on the Trump administration's banned travel list.

That democracy allowed Ezzine and others to start organizing when President Beji Caid Essebsi said the jails were too crowded to house every returning jihadi, and that most posed no danger.

The first protest, held after a Tunisian follower of Islamic State attacked the Berlin Christmas market, drew just a few hundred; the second a href='https://www.apnews.com/ca704e35ad1044e7a4dbbc9231e002c0/1,000-Tunisians-fearing-return-of-jihadis-march-to-say-'No"attracted upward of 1,000/a. Ezzine fears the government is too willing to downplay the danger in exchange for social peace.

"Frankly," she said, "we do not know how these people can come back and have the same values as we do, the sense of belonging to Tunisia, to the Tunisian nation."

Read more:  AP News