Civilians Killed by Coalition Strikes: Pentagon

Evrard Martin
Mai 12, 2017

The US-led global anti-ISIS Coaliton announced it strikes killed 26 civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul in the first nine days of March, according to the Coalition's monthly causality report.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor pilot maneuvers his plane into position with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron while aerial refueling during a Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve mission over Iraq, April 11, 2017. However, in Mosul, 26 civilians have been killed in three separate strikes in early March.

Elsewhere, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) continued striking ISIS terrorists in northwestern Hadhar county which lies in southern Mosul city. As the civilian deaths grow in the air war, that undercount is becoming even more dramatic, and the oversights all the more glaring.

The March 17 strike sparked outrage in Iraq and beyond with calls from local government officials as well as the United Nations for greater restraint in the fight against IS for Mosul.

The DOD says the incident that led to his death is being investigated.

A U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet takes off from the Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey, on December 15, 2015.

Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, said the military is working to prevent civilian casualties.

A US-led military coalition, including Iraqi Army troops, retook most of eastern Mosul from Daesh in January, following three months of heavy fighting.

The battle space, with its narrow streets, is claustrophobic and the Islamic State group is holding hundreds of thousands of civilians in the city as human shields. But they've also been providing security for special operations forces.

Since the beginning of the US campaign against ISIS in Iraq, the number of USA troops in the country has steadily grown.

Fighters have dug in among the civilians, often launching deadly counter-attacks to repel forces closing in on the Old City's Grand al-Nuri Mosque, from where ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate over parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. USA Today says militants are relying on explosives, vehicle bombs and rigged buildings to slow the advance of coalition forces.

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