US-led coalition carried out deadly Mosul airstrike: Pentagon

March 25, 2017 2:53 pm

The
has acknowledged that the -led coalition carried out an
airstrike in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week that left over 200
civilians dead.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement on Saturday it has opened an investigation into the Mosul airstrike.     
“An
initial review of strike data … indicates that, at the request of the
Iraqi security forces, the coalition struck (Daesh) fighters and
equipment, March 17, in west Mosul at the location corresponding to
allegations of civilian casualties,” the statement said.
An
investigation has been opened “to determine the facts surrounding this
strike and the validity of the allegation of civilian casualties,” it
added.
Earlier, the US-led
coalition purportedly fighting the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group
announced that it struck a location in west Mosul where at least 200
civilians were reportedly killed by aerial bombing.
On
March 17, a large number of people were buried under rubble in Mosul
after the US-led coalition’s airstrike targeted a western neighborhood
there.
Locals and officials had blamed the US-led coalition for the deadly raid in spite of initial refusal by the coalition.
Efforts
are still underway to pull out bodies from under the rubble. The exact
number of casualties is still unknown, but some reports put the death
toll at 230.
Meanwhile, the United Nations on Friday expressed grave concerns over the tragedy and loss of innocent lives.
This
is the latest in a series of such deadly raids believed to be carried
by the US-led coalition under the pretext of saving civilians in some of
the war-ravaged Middle Eastern countries.
Just
last week, dozens of Syrians were killed after American warplanes
bombarded a school sheltering displaced people near the Daesh-held city
of Raqqah.
And another deadly
attack by the US air force on a mosque near the city of Aleppo resulted
in death of 52 people. Yemen is yet another country in the region that
has fallen victim to American bombings.
Earlier
this month, the Pentagon acknowledged pounding several Yemeni provinces
with more than 20 drones. Over a dozen civilians were killed in the
attacks. 
The US-led coalition recently admitted to killing
at least 220 civilians in airstrikes against Daesh in Syria and Iraq.
However, international rights groups contradict the figure saying at
least 2,700 civilians have been killed in US bombing campaigns since
2014.

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