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Military advance halts in Mosul as forces consolidate amid reports of IS use of human shields -

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In Iraq the military advance on the city of Mosul has come to a halt as Iraqi government and Kurdish Peshmerga forces consolidate the territory gained over recent days and prepare for the upcoming assault on more heavily populated areas.

But the hiatus comes as the United Nations warns that Islamic State is preparing for the attack by forcing tens of thousands of locals to act as human shields.

There are also reports that IS militants have executed hundreds who refused to cooperate with the strategy.

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