Saturday, March 25, 2017

Iraq Halts Mosul Fighting Due to Civilian Deaths; Airstrikes Kill 150 People in a Single City District

Iraqi military leaders have halted their push to recapture west Mosul from the Islamic State (IS), as international outrage grew over the civilian toll from airstrikes that killed at least 150 people in a single district of the city, The Guardian website reports today (March 25, 2017).

The attack on the Mosul Jadida neighborhood is thought to have been one of the deadliest bombing raids for civilians since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Rescuers were still pulling bodies from the rubble today, more than a week after the bombs landed, when the U.S.-led coalition confirmed that its aircraft had targeted IS fighters in the area.

They carried out the attack on March 17 "at the request of Iraqi security forces," and have now launched a formal investigation into reports of civilian casualties, the coalition said.

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