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Families Try to Flee Aleppo, Rebels Stop Them: Report

As conditions have gone from 'terrible to terrifying and now barely survivable'

(Newser) - A Syrian monitoring group alleged Tuesday that rebels are preventing dozens of families from fleeing eastern Aleppo as Russian-backed government forces intensify their bombardment of the besieged quarter, the AP reports. Such claims are difficult to verify and often distorted due to propaganda, but Syrian and Russian state media maintain... More »

North Korea Calls for Citizen 'Human Shields' for Kim Jong Un

Leader is 'eternal center' of nation's unity, says statement

(Newser) - North Korean leaders are urging citizens to be "human shields" to protect Kim Jong Un. "The whole Party, the entire army and all the people should possess a firm conviction that they will become human bulwarks and human shields in defending Kim Jong Un unto death," said... More »

Bin Laden Used Wife as Human Shield

Counterterror chief says al-Qaeda ringleader died behind only female casualty in raid

(Newser) - Staring down the near-certainty of his imminent death yesterday, Osama bin Laden did not fight valiantly to the end nor peacefully step toward martyrdom: he died behind a woman—likely his own wife—as he used her as a human shield. "Here is Osama, living in a million-dollar compound,... More »

Gadhafi Thwarting NATO Strikes With Human Shields

NATO says that's why air support has seemed lacking

(Newser) - Libyan rebels have been complaining in recent days about the decline in air support from NATO, but there’s a good reason for it, American and European diplomats tell the Washington Post : Moammar Gadhafi’s forces have positioned themselves in densely populated areas, and NATO doesn’t want to risk... More »

Fox Reporter Is Laziest I Ever Met: Writer

Steve Harrigan is 'noxious,' too, says Sacha Feinman

(Newser) - The Fox News reporter embroiled in a nasty spat with a CNN correspondent over a discredited story has been called the "laziest reporter I've ever met" by an aide. Steve Harrigan has been accused of inaccurately saying that Libyan officials used journalists as "human shields" during a press... More »

Slammed Fox Reporter on CNN Counterpart: Be a Man

He's dull and reporting is BS, Steve Harrigan says of Nic Robertson

(Newser) - The acrimonious feud between a Fox reporter and a CNN reporter covering the Libyan bombing operation is getting uglier by the day. Fox reporter Steve Harrigan lashed CNN's Nic Robertson as "dull," said his reporting was "bullshit," and impugned his masculinity. The conflict was triggered by... More »

Taliban Using Human Shields in Marjah

Troops strive to avoid civilian casualties, take city center

(Newser) - Taliban fighters in Marjah are increasingly using civilians as human shields, as they try to thwart NATO's house-to-house searches, according to the top Afghan general in the offensive. “The enemy is fighting from compounds where soldiers can very clearly see women or children on the roof or in a... More »

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