Hundreds of Civilians Dead in Mosul Airstrike

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At least 200 Iraqi civilians were killed in an air raid on Mosul’s Old City Tuesday, despite the U.S.-led coalition’s attempt to reign in civilian casualties in the final phase of operations to retake the city.

Scores of houses in the az-Zanjili district were destroyed in the raid, which lasted several hours, according to an Iraqi army officer. He said he was not sure whether the planes were American or Iraqi.

“It was not clear whether the aircrafts that carried out the airstrikes belonged to the Iraqi forces or the US-led coalition,” the officer told The New Arab.

In mid-March, the coalition put a pause on operations in Mosul after an American strike killed an estimated 278 people in a residential area of the al-Jadidah district. The Pentagon’s version of events has ISIS militants forcing the civilians into a building, where they are alleged to have also planted explosives in an attempt to force the coalition to kill non-combatants, however at least seven eye witnesses have come forward to dispute that narrative.

Washington ultimately took credit for just over 100 of the deaths after it concluded a recent investigation into the strike, but at the same time shirked responsibility by insisting ISIS had a role in the incident.

The Mar. 17 strike prompted the coalition to pause its air operations over the densely-populated Old City and reevaluate its tactics, but apparently little has changed.

Since October of last year, when operations to take Mosul began in earnest, over 8,600 civilians have been killed in the Nineveh Province, where Mosul is located, according to monitor group Iraq Body Count. Airwars, another monitor, says the coalition is responsible for at least 3,000 deaths in both Iraq and Syria since 2014. Those estimates are likely conservative.

Spokesman for the coalition, Col. John Dorrian, however, maintains that the coalition is carrying out “the most precise air campaign in history.”

After Tuesday’s deadly strike, hundreds of people and dozens of wounded civilians were escorted out of the area by Iraqi federal police.

Mohammed Hassan, a member of the Mosul council, described the raid as a “hysterical bombing of an entire neighborhood.”

Next door, in Syria, civilians have suffered under coalition bombs as well, with one strike on Monday killing over a dozen people.

While nearly 90 percent of Mosul has been recaptured by the U.S.-backed coalition, recent allegations of torture and abuse, in addition to the spate of civilian casualties, has a dark cloud hanging over the operation.

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  • John C Carleton

    The USA came, they saw, the innocent children died.
    Here is a Washington DC pedophile zionist evil minion cackling like the wicked witch of the West, and braying like a jackass with glee, that the USA had murdered the head of State of a foreign, Sovereign, nation State.
    This is the evil face of Washington DC. The faces are interchangeable, the evil remains the same.
    ‘We Came, we saw, he died’

    • Unfortunately, in every one of the unconstitutional and treasonous foreign military actions that the United States has staged since WW2, innocents have neither the specific target nor more than collateral deaths as far as the profiting promoters were concerned. Smedley Butler should have been listened to.

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  • The (((Jewnited States of Israel))), killing citizens and spreading (((democracy))) all in the name of the Rothschilds and Capitalism.

  • renee ciccioni

    This is what war truly is its not a bunch of heroics being performed by hero’s it is mass murder and nothing more.

  • TrevorD

    “They” dont care, the script is the script and they will stick with it. The Rothchild sick Zionists and friends say so and dont argue……..Its for the good of the chosen people…

  • Boris Govnic

    I am not condoning the deaths of Innocents
    I really am sick and tired though of 100 guys in sneakers taking over a city of 10,000 people and none of its Citizenry throwing a single Molotov Cocktail against the Hundred.
    During the Revolution teachers, blacksmiths, farmers and everyday joes took on the British Empire; When the Phuch are these people going to excommunicate or kill the alleged “not true Muslims” committing acts in its Name, yet proclaiming they are not Muslim. Really tired of the excuses.

  • SP_88

    Another article made a good point. It said “Why when other countries kill civilians is it a war crime or a human atrocity, but when we do it, it’s considered collateral damage or it’s somehow acceptable and unavoidable?”.
    And it’s true that whenever another country like Russia, Syria or Libya or any number of other countries causes civilian casualties, the mainstream media is on every channel going on and on about how they are so evil and that they have no value of human life and they should be held accountable for human rights violations. They call it ethnic cleansing and genocide.
    But when we do it, the mainstream media says nothing. It gets very little coverage if any. They make excuses for it, and they make it sound like it’s acceptable and that it’s not a big deal.
    But you can’t have it both ways. So which is it? Is it ok? Or is it horrible? Either it’s ok, no matter if it’s the Russians, us, or some other country, or it’s unacceptable and intolerable, whether it’s us, or the Russians, or anyone else. Pick one, and stick with it. Otherwise, you (the MSM) cannot expect to have any credibility.
    As far as I’m concerned the MSM has no credibility anyway since nothing they say is ever honest and there is always some crooked narrative being pushed on us. But that’s just my opinion. I’m sure that all the brain dead lemmings who watch CNN and their ilk will have their own opinion.