Probe: US bomb set off IS-planted devices in Mosul tragedy

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The Pentagon is set to release a report on a USA airstrike targeting ISIS fighters in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this year that killed more than 100 civilians.

The assessment "will say Iraqi troops came under fire from ISIS snipers, and the US responded with an airstrike, hitting this building with a small bomb - about 250 pounds", Tom reports. Gen. Joe Martin, commanding general of the Combined Joint Task Force: Operation Inherent Resolve anti-Islamic State coalition, said in a statement.

An Iraqi commander says allegations that an elite interior ministry unit fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul abused civilian detainees are "incorrect".

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They claim there were no IS fighters in the house struck by the US bomb and that IS militants had not rigged it with explosives.

Isler said the United States and nearby Iraqi forces did not know there were civilians in the building or that it had been rigged with explosives.He added that 101 civilians inside the building were killed, four civilians were killed in nearby, and 36 civilians were still not accounted for. "They fired in the air and in the end they said if you try to leave we will hang you".

More than 100 civilians were killed when a U.S. airstrike in Iraq triggered secondary explosions in March, according to a Pentagon investigation. Enemy fighters warned people in the building next door to leave the area the night before the explosion. They may have been killed in the explosion or fled before or after the attack. Recent field visits to Mosul by Amnesty International have revealed that, Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition did not refrain from using explosive munitions in heavily populated areas, where civilians were being used as human shields by the group calling itself the Islamic State. "You can't repeat these mistakes", he said.

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"The coalition selected a single GBU-38 precision-guided munition as the most appropriate and proportionate means of engagement to neutralize the threat and to minimize collateral damage", CENTCOM said.

Analysts estimate that it would have taken at least four times that amount of explosives - or at least 1,000 pounds - precisely placed along the walls to bring the building down, Isler said.

The area was under surveillance for weeks ahead of the strike. Isler said IS militants had easy access to the second floor and could have quickly planted explosives out of sight of others.

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Within weeks of the strike, as The Two-Way reported, Iraqi and US officials said they would slow the offensive and reduce the number of airstrikes to minimize civilian deaths. "The Coalition takes every feasible measure to protect civilians from harm".

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