As the battle continues between Islamic State-affiliated militants and the Philippine military in the southern city of Marawi, humanitarian agencies are scrambling to care for the hundreds of thousands of evacuees who have fled the devastation. An estimated 300 to 500 civilians remain trapped in the city, held hostage as ‘human shields’ for the rebels.
The U.S. admitted over the weekend that the military coalition it leads in Iraq was responsible for recent airstrikes in Mosul that killed more than 100 civilians.
More than 10,000 people fled western Mosul in the past week as Iraqi military forces continue their effort to recapture the city from the Islamic State, according to the International Organization for Migration. More are trying to leave. Another 6,000 people are waiting to pass through checkpoints to leave and as many as 4,000 are internally displaced.
The battle to liberate Mosul from Islamic State has begun, which may yield a crucial military victory – at the expense of more than a million civilians.
I stepped out of the shower Wednesday night and my phone buzzed – it was an Associated Press alert. I…
The Islamic State is taking a page right out of the humanitarian relief handbook. Or to be more precise, writing…