105 civilians died in Mosul airstrike in March, US finds

Civil protection rescue teams reported recovering more than 200 bodies from the area in the days following the March 17 strike.

On Thursday, the US military admitted an airstrike it conducted in Mosul, Iraq on March 17, 2017 killed at least 105 civilians.

An Iraqi man inspects the damage in Mosul's al-Jadida district on March 26, 2017, following a March 17 U.S. airstrike. That amount of explosives was not enough to bring down the structure, but it triggered a secondary blast from the explosives planted by ISIS.

Investigators found that a "secondary explosion" caused the building to collapse, killing 101 civilians inside and four in a nearby structure. He said he was "very confident" in the final toll.

It is believed to be one of the single largest incidents of civilian casualties since the US -led coalition started operations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Scores of residents are reported to have been killed by coalition airstrikes in the area this month. Reports also emerged Thursday of at least 35 civilian deaths from an airstrike in al-Mayadin, a town in East Syria held by Islamic State group, according to Reuters.

Defense Department policies require that Iraqi Security Forces receiving US assistance are strictly vetted to ensure compliance with the Leahy law and for associations with terrorist organizations or the Iranian government.

The Pentagon denies this and says its rules of engagement remain unchanged and insists its precision-targeting abilities are the best in the world.

"Our condolences go out to all those that were affected", said Maj.

ISLER: CTS could see the rear of the house where the snipers and the defensive fighting position were, but they could not see parts of the north-facing front of the house.

"The coalition takes every feasible measure to protect civilians from harm", he added.

"We call upon the worldwide community and especially the United States to compensate the victims", said Nuraddin Qablan, the deputy president of the Nineveh provincial council. And yet there's been no recognition of any wrongdoing in this Mosul airstrike by the US, and no condolence payments have been made to the families of those who died.

"Around 8 a.m. on March 17, 2017, Coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike against two ISIS snipers engaging Iraqi Counterterrorism Service soldiers at the request of the local Commander".

The Pentagon said military investigators, led by U.S. Air Force Brig. "ISIS-emplaced explosive material conservatively contained more than four times the net explosive weight of the GBU-38".

He said: 'You can't kill dozens just to destroy a booby-trapped truck parked near houses'.

Isler added that the home's 30-inch concrete walls were "completely pulverized", but the GBU-38, which has a 192-pound warhead, could not have caused such destruction. Details of the alleged abuse were also said to have been published this week in the German magazine Spiegel.

But it's hard to get completely accurate numbers on civilian deaths in a war zone, some independent estimates are much higher.

  • Jon Douglas