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Islamic State abducts around 300 near Mosul, retreats with thousands: UN

MOSUL: Islamic State fighters abducted 295 former Iraqi Security Forces members near the militant stronghold of Mosul and also forced 1,500 families to retreat with them from Hammam al Alil town, the United Nations human rights organization said on Tuesday. The abductions took place last week as Iraqi government forces, Kurdish peshmerga and Shi'ite militias backed by US-led air strikes pushed an offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State. "People forcibly moved or abducted, it appears, are either intended to be…