Saturday, March 25, 2017

Pentagon Admits Heavy Loss Of Civilians In A Mosul Airstrike Last Week. Iraq's Army Has Suspended Military Operations

Washington Post: U.S. military acknowledges strike on Mosul site where more than 100 were allegedly killed

The U.S. military acknowledged for the first time Saturday that it launched an airstrike against the Islamic State in the densely packed Iraqi city of Mosul, where residents say more than 100 people were killed in a single event.

If confirmed, the March 17 incident would mark the greatest loss of civilian life since the United States began strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

An “initial review” showed that the coalition struck ISIS fighters and equipment in west Mosul at the request of Iraq forces and “at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties,” the task force leading the coalition said in a statement.

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Previous reports:

Report: U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes Have Killed Over 200 Civilians In Mosul (March 24, 2017)
U.S. General Overseeing The Air Campaign over Mosul Pushes Back Against Claims Of Indiscriminate Bombing (March 24, 2017)

WNU Editor: The Iraqi Army has suspended military operations on Mosul .... Iraq suspends Mosul offensive after coalition airstrike atrocity (The Guardian). There are 400,000 civilians who are now trapped in Mosul's Old City .... UN: At least 400,000 civilians trapped in Mosul with no food or electricity (RT). This high concentration of civilians in a tightly enclosed area is going to guarantee astronomically high civilians casualties .... regardless on how careful the Iraqi army and the U.S.-led coalition are in their military offensive to recapture the city. As for suspending military operations .... I expect this is going to last only a short time .... 400,000 civilians trapped in Mosul's Old City is going to create an unbelievable  humanitarian catastrophe within a few weeks if this stalemate continues.

Update: Here comes the CYA (cover your ass) .... US command: Mosul airstrike occured at the request of Iraq forces (FOX News)

More News On The Pentagon Admitting The Heavy Loss Of Civilians In A Mosul Airstrike Last Week

U.S. confirms coalition strike in Mosul district where dozens reported killed -- Reuters
U.S.-Led Coalition Confirms Strikes Hit Mosul Site Where Civilians Died -- NYT
U.S. acknowledges airstrike in Mosul, where more than 200 Iraqi civilians died -- L.A. Times
US Confirms Coalition Strike Killed as Many as 200 Civilians in Mosul -- Newsweek
US: Airstrikes hit ISIS in area where civilian deaths are alleged -- CNN
UPDATE: US says coalition strikes match reports of casualties in W Mosul -- RUDAW
US reviewing airstrike that corresponds to site where 200 Iraqi civilians allegedly died -- ABC News
US military launches probe into Mosul strike after civilian deaths reported -- The Hill
Battle for Mosul: US investigating deadly air strike -- BBC

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