Civilians return to their village after it was retaken by anti-ISIS forces, south of Mosul, Iraq, October 21, 2016. © 2016 Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudaini
RT: US-led coalition strike killed dozens of civilian mourners 30km from Kirkuk – Russian MoD
The Russian Ministry of Defense says that the US-led coalition is responsible for striking mourners in the Iraqi city of Daquq on Friday, killing dozens of civilians, including women and children.
The coalition jets apparently identified the mourning procession as Islamic State terrorists, said General Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry.
“Judging by the eyewitness accounts, the mourning procession was mistaken for terrorists by the coalition aviation. Dozens of Iraqi civilians died, including women and children,” Konashenkov said.
“Russian reconnaissance pinpointed two jets conducting airstrikes on Daquq, located 30 kilometers to the south of Kirkuk, where, according to our data, there are no ISIS fighters,” he added.
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WNU Editor: The Iraqis also want answers .... Iraq: Investigate Mosque Strike That Killed Civilians (Human Rights Watch). but in view of the ongoing military operations that are now underway near Mosul, I doubt that anything will come out from this inquiry. As for the Russian Ministry Defense's claims .... I can only assume that they want to divert media attention away from their bombing campaign in Aleppo.
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