US Admits Responsibility For Mosul Airstrike That Mosul Site Where Civilians Died

US Admits Responsibility For Mosul Airstrike That Mosul Site Where Civilians Died
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The US-led coalition targeting ISIL positions in the Iraq City of Mosul has admitted that it carried out air raids last week at a location in west Mosul where officials and residents say hundreds of civilians were killed.

The Iraqi officials and witnesses states that air raids in west Mosul have killed hundreds of people in recent days, but the exact number of victims could not be independently confirmed.

The acknowledgement on Saturday came hours after the United Nations said they were stunned by the reported deaths of civilians in suspected coalition air raids in Mosul’s ISIL-held al-Jadida district on March 17.

“An initial review of strike data … indicates that the coalition struck (ISIL) fighters and equipment, March 17, in west Mosul at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties,” the US military’s Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Saturday.

The coalition said it had struck the area “at the request of the Iraqi security forces” and was investigating to determine the facts and the validity of reports of civilian casualties.

The coalition said it takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously and a formal Civilian Casualty Credibility Assessment had been opened to determine the facts surrounding this strike and the validity of the allegation of civilian casualties.

“Our goal has always been for zero civilian casualties, but the coalition will not abandon our commitment to our Iraqi partners because of ISIS’s inhuman tactics terrorizing civilians, using human shields, and fighting from protected sites such as schools, hospitals, religious sites and civilian neighbourhoods,” the coalition said.

Source: Aljazeera

 

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