ISIS has started using a new strategy to protect themselves in Mosul, Iraq. In attempt to retain the city, they have forced tens of thousands of innocent civilians into the city center in an attempt to take advantage of the ethics of those trying to drive ISIS out of the city. The city's population has increased from its previous 23,000 to over 65,000. The civilians that have been essentially held captive in the city do not have very many options on what they can do. They can either sit in the city and risk dying from the attacks on ISIS in the city, or they can attempt to escape in which they would be punished by death from the ISIS members. The United Nations has labeled the ISIS strategy as completely cowardly but this method of fighting is the only way this group has a fighting chance.