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.
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