US Commander: US ‘Probably’ Behind Airstrike That Killed Hundreds Of Civilians

Residents carry the body of a person killed during fights between Iraq security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, March 24, 2017. Residents of the Iraqi city's neighborhood known as Mosul Jidideh at the scene say that scores of residents are believed to have been killed by airstrikes that hit a cluster of homes in the area earlier this month (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Residents carry the body of several people killed in Mosul, Iraq, Friday, March 24, 2017. Residents of the Iraqi city’s neighborhood known as Mosul Jidideh at the scene say that scores of residents are believed to have been killed by airstrikes that hit a cluster of homes in the area. (AP/Felipe Dana)

On March 17, US airstrikes against the city of Mosul leveled multiple buildings, killing in excess of 200 people, by most estimates. The Pentagon had long been very evasive about the incident so far, confirming they’d bombed the buildings but insisting they are still investigating the question of whether they’d killed any civilians.

US commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend was a bit more realistic about the question in comments today, conceding that the US “probably had a role in these casualties,” saying that the investigation was ongoing and that they were still looking for possible reasons the buildings collapsed.

This is likely to be the excuse the Pentagon is leaning heavily toward right now, as Townsend insisted that the bombs the US dropped on the buildings shouldn’t have collapsed the buildings, so the fact that they collapsed, burying hundreds within, “contradicts our involvement.”

Townsend then suggested that ISIS might’ve “rigged” explosives inside the buildings, which might offer the US an opportunity to pawn off the death toll, the single largest in an incident throughout the war, as ISIS’ fault, despite the US bombing the buildings in the first place.

The official narrative isn’t finalized, with the Pentagon still conducting its investigation, but throughout the war most of the heavy casualty incidents have been either dramatically revised downward for official reporting purposes, or dismissed outright.

Townsend’s admission that the US was “probably” involved appears aimed at lowering public pressure on the US over the killings, while at the same time offering some hints that the Pentagon’s report will ultimately still weasel its way out of culpability.


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