Tamil Diplomat

IS conflict: Iraq air strike ‘kills Sunni tribal fighters’

At least 20 pro-government Sunni tribal fighters have been killed in an air strike in Iraq after being mistaken for Islamic State militants, sources say.

The raid took place early on Wednesday after the tribesmen repelled an attack near Qayyarah, a town about 60km (37 miles) south of IS-held city of Mosul. It is not clear whether Iraqi or US-led coalition aircraft, which are flying sorties in the area, were responsible.

Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, has been under IS rule since June 2014. But pro-government forces are planning to launch a major offensive to recapture it within weeks. Qayyarah, which was recaptured in August, is seen as an important stepping stone in the build-up to the operation.(BBC,2016)