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Iraq airstrikes kill at least 150 ISIS militants near Mosul

07 April 2017

Another 43 reports of civilian deaths - 23 from Iraq and 20 from Syria - are being assessed, the coalition said.

That change, according to Army Col. Joseph Scrocca, a spokesman for the US -led coalition, allowed USA field officers and their Iraqi counterparts to direct dynamic airstrikes - ones that are in immediate reaction to an ongoing fight or direct threat, rather than planned in advance.

The Iraqi government said earlier that Iraqi fighter jets carried out airstrikes against IS outside Mosul, killing more than 100 jihadists.

The figures, released in a monthly report compiled by the USA military, bring the Pentagon's total official civilian death toll to 229 since the air war against the Islamic State group began almost three years ago.

Coalition figures such as General Stephen Townsend, Senior US Commander in Iraq, admits that strikes "probably" kill dozens of civilians.

The Pentagon's absurd statements justifying mass civilian casualties of U.S. bombing in Iraq reveal the real level of operations' planning, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Sunday. The strike apparently played a role in collapsing a building that resulted in the death of almost 200 civilians.

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The Pentagon reported receiving 41 new reports of possible civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria during the month of February 2017. The United States has expanded its investigation into a formal review of all airstrikes over several days in the area, the us military said Thursday. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Sunday in a statement.

The military said all strikes complied with laws on armed conflict and "all feasible precautions" were taken to prevent civilian casualties.

He said investigators are trying to determine whether ISIS was fighting from the building with civilians in order to "lure" the United States "deliberately, or they were just using them as human shields to try to protect their fighting position".

The northern province of Nineveh was the most affected area with 541 casualties (367 killed, 174 injured) followed by Baghdad with 84 killed and 246 injured, UNAMI said.

"The Russian Aerospace Forces were not used in Aleppo at all".

It was the first time ground troops have been dispatched to Syria since the beginning of the civil war. Up to 1,000 more soldiers might join the initial deployment ahead of the battle for Raqqa, according to Pentagon officials.