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Mosul battle: US ‘may be responsible’ for civilian deaths

Mosul battle: US ‘may be responsible’ for civilian deaths

A US army general has said coalition forces “probably” played a role in the 17 March air strike on west Mosul which may have killed more than 100 people Lt Gen Stephen Townsend said the US had carried out air strikes in that part of Iraq on that day. He said there was “at least a fair chance” the US was responsible, in “an unintentional accident of war.”

But he said it was also possible that so-called Islamic State (IS) had rigged the building with explosives. A house in Mosul’s western Jadida district was reportedly hit by an air strike targeting IS snipers and equipment.

Witnesses said IS had previously forced at least 140 civilians into the house to be used as human shields, and had booby-trapped the building. The US army chief of staff, visiting Baghdad, echoed Gen Townsend’s remarks, saying an investigation would create “some degree of certainty”(BBC,2017).


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