An air strike which caused devastation in western Mosul, killing countless civilians, has been acknowledged by the Pentagon as the rest of the world’s eyes are turned to London.
Reports claim the heavy air strike killed hundreds of residents on Baghdad Street in west Mosul’s Aghawat Jadidah neighbourhood on March 17.
Residential apartments were reduced to rubble, and witnesses described how upwards of 50 bodies were strewn across the bombsite, including those of pregnant women, children and newborns, according to the LA Times.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon have released a statement acknowledging the air strike – two weeks after the fact – which confirms the Iraqi-American coalition targeted Islamic State fighters ‘at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties’.
The coalition respects human life, which is why we are assisting our Iraqi partner forces in their effort to liberate their lands from ISIS brutality.
Our goal has always been for zero civilian casualties. But the coalition will not abandon our commitment to our Iraqi partners because of ISIS’ inhuman tactics terrorising civilians, using human shields, and fighting from protected sites such as schools, hospitals, religious sites and civilian neighbourhoods.
If the U.S air strike is found to be responsible for this enormous death toll, it will be the deadliest civilian casualty incident since the American military was sent to Iraq in 2014.
An investigation into who is responsible for the devastation – the American air strike or potential ISIS suicide car bombers – is underway.
The investigation – called a Civilian Casualty Credibility Assessment – is expected to take up to three weeks to complete its findings.
The Pentagon has admitted to killing 220 civilians in Iraq and Syria since 2014. Independent monitoring groups – such as Airwars – estimates the number is closer to 3,000.
President Donald Trump is yet to pass comment on this latest humanitarian disaster.