Smoke rises over the city during clashes between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants, in Mosul, Iraq March 25, 2017. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
David Iaconangelo, CSM: Airstrikes in Mosul kill civilians: Are US rules of engagement getting slacker?
Iraqi officers say they're suspending operations against ISIS in Mosul after US-led airstrikes killed as many as 137 civilians this week.
Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say a series of airstrikes carried out there in recent weeks by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State could have killed as many as 200 civilians, in what would be the highest civilian death toll in a US-led air campaign since the peak of the Iraq war.
Iraqi rescue workers Saturday were combing through the rubble of a building where residents say as many as 137 civilians were killed in a single airstrike last week, in a part of the city now under coalition control, reported the Washington Post. The US military said it was investigating “conflicting allegations” regarding a strike that occurred sometime between March 17 and March 23.
"We will continue to assess the allegations and determine what if any role a coalition strike may have had in that area,” it said in a statement.
Iraqi Brig. Gen. Mohammed Mahmoud, Mosul’s civil defense chief, told the Washington Post that the building was clearly hit by an airstrike.
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WNU Editor: The answer is yes (rules of engagement have gotten easier). From my vantage point .... the U.S. has definitely increased the tempo in conducting drone/air/and ground strikes .... and this started within a week after the U.S. Presidential inauguration in January.
Update: Yup .... War Correspondents Describe Recent US Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen (The Intercept)