US opens formal investigation into Mosul deaths

2017-03-30 05:54
An Iraqi federal police officer carries an injured boy through a destroyed train station in Mosul. (Felipe Dana, AP)

An Iraqi federal police officer carries an injured boy through a destroyed train station in Mosul. (Felipe Dana, AP)

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Washington - The top US general for the Middle East says the military has launched a formal investigation to determine what role the US played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq.

General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, says combat in the densely populated areas of Mosul is making it harder to avoid civilian casualties.

Votel says the probe will look at what Islamic State militants did to contribute to the deaths, including use of human shields, on March 17. He says they're exploiting America's sensitivities about civilian deaths.

He told the House Armed Services Committee the combat situation is evolving. He says the investigation will review intelligence provided by Iraqi forces.

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