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‘Over 100 civilians were killed by “secondary explosions” when a US airstrike in Iraq triggered them, according to the Pentagon.’ – Via The War Files


Via The War Files –  Over 100 civilians were killed by “secondary explosions” when a US airstrike in Iraq triggered them, according to the Pentagon. The Pentagon said that Iraq “requested the strike after Islamic State fighters began shooting at Iraqi forces.” On 17/March, “an airstrike carried out on a building in Mosul’s al-Jadida neighborhood triggered secondary explosions from IED’s planted by the Islamic State.” The secondary blasts, according to the US military, caused the concrete building to collapse, resulting in 105 civilian casualties, which possibly represents the largest single incident of civilian deaths since the US air campaign against Daesh was launched in 2014. USAF Brigadier Gen. Matthew Isler, lead investigator of the probe, said 101 civilians were killed and that another 4 died in a nearby building. He also said that 36 civilians still remain unaccounted for. The investigation did acknowledge the civilian deaths, however it appears to place some, if not all, the blame on the Islamic State. The probe added that the incident started “when two IS snipers began firing at troops from Iraq’s Counterterrorism Service.” The Pentagon said military investigators led by Isler went to the site of the airstrike two times. They reportedly spoke to witnesses, and went through over 700 videos taken from coalition warplanes over a 10-day period before-during, and after the strike. After the airstrike, the Iraqi military set up an “information blockade” of the incident, and no journalists were allowed anywhere near the area.  – #regrann  

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