ISIS claims that a US strike on a building compound in Mosul, killed at least 100 civilians. US officials say the civilian deaths were caused by a secondary explosion of ISIS explosives, which in turn caused the collapse of the buildings. ISIS has a habit of hiding behind civilians instead of being brave enough to stand on their own ground.
U.S. personnel “could not have predicted” that dozens of Mosul residents would be in a building where ISIS snipers were firing when they authorized a strike on it in March, the Pentagon says in a newly released report. That airstrike in Iraq killed at least 105 civilians.
The report also says the building collapsed after the strike triggered explosives that had been planted by ISIS.
“Our condolences go out to all those that were affected,” said Maj. Gen. Joe Martin, commanding general of the ground force fighting ISIS. “The Coalition takes every feasible measure to protect civilians from harm. The best way to protect civilians is to defeat ISIS.” …
US sources say they had no knowledge that there were any civilians in the buildings where ISIS fighters were holding up. US forces dropped a bomb on the building to take out a couple of ISIS snipers. The bomb was only believed to damage about 20% of the building, which is why the massive explosions is believed to be the result of ISIS supplies.