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A #Pentagon investigation has found more than 100 civilians were killed in a #US bombing in #Mosul , #Iraq , in March, making it one of the largest incidents of civilian death since the US air campaign began in 2014.
The military reports 101 civilians in the building were killed, and another four died in a nearby building. Thirty-six civilians remain unaccounted for.
The deaths represent about a quarter of all civilian deaths since the US air campaign began. “Our condolences go out to all those that were affected,” said Maj Gen Joe Martin, commanding general of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJFLCC-OIR). “The coalition takes every feasible measure to protect civilians from harm,” he added.
The CJFLCC-OIR’s investigation was triggered by international outcry over reports of large-scale civilian deaths following the 17 March bombing.
Critics claim the US has been too aggressive in bombing congested areas like Mosul. The major #Iraqi city – has a population of more than 660,000.
The incident generated backlash strong enough to halt the Iraqi government forces' six-month advance into Mosul. “It’s a time for weighing new offensive plans and tactics. No combat operations are to go on," a federal police spokesman said at the time.
Coalition aircraft responded to the calls for assistance with a 500-pound, GBU-38 precision-guided bomb.
“The #weapon appropriately balanced the military necessity of neutralising the snipers with the potential for collateral damage,” Brig Gen Isler said.
The US has increasingly turned to air strikes to access snipers in the densely populated area. According to the Airwars.org, US-led air strikes in Iraq and #Syria have killed a record number of civilians under Mr #Trump .
The site, which tracks civilian casualties from air strikes in the #MiddleEast , claims the CJFLCC-OIR has carried out 12,755 air strikes in Iraq to date.
International humanitarian law bars combatants from imperilling civilian lives through “indiscriminate use of firepower,” according to Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq. CONTINUE READING 👇👇👇