Ramadi residents fleeing ISIS: ‘They wanted to use us as human shields’

Habbaniyah, Iraq (CNN) – Standing in the entrance of her tent on a chilly winter night in the Iraqi desert, Nada Saleh describes the terrifying moment her family almost became part of ISIS’ last stand in Ramadi.

As government forces mounted their final assault to retake the key city — controlled by the Sunni terror group since May — ISIS began to pull families out of their homes and move them to the eastern part of the city.

Saleh says she and her six children watched as her husband stared down the militants, refusing to allow them to take his family.