Air Raids Kill Hundreds of ISIS Hostages in Mosul

The harrowing video emerged as Iraqi government forces attempted to evacuate civilians from Mosul's ISIS-held Old City on Tuesday, March 21.

One witness said heavy air strikes in the area began on March 7 but last Friday a strike hit a massive Islamic State truck bomb in a residential area, which exploded and destroyed seven homes where dozens of people were hiding. Centcom's official report for the overnight strikes claimed they'd hit "11 fighting positions" and didn't mention killing hundreds of civilians.

With the only force able to launch large-scale air attacks, the USA command also stated that there were five strikes near Mosul Thursday, claiming that they had destroyed five Islamic State group units and a sniper team, as well as 11 fighting positions, vehicles and artillery equipment. Then the terrorists lifted the ISIS flag over the building and left.

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The child, in turn says he was sent by "Amo", which means uncle, with instructions to target "the army".

Following the beginning of the operation to liberate Mosul, ISIS had relocated its centers and militant gatherings to alleys and neighborhoods, especially the heavily populated ones, in order to use civilians as human shields. Bodies were believed to be still buried inside collapsed homes. "It is a very big disaster, indeed we can describe it as a disaster", Civil Defence chief Brigadier Mohammed Al-Jawari told reporters.

Around 40 per cent of the area has been liberated, Geddo said.

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The Coalition did not give details on any specific air strike or comment on a Jadida district operation.

That's an enormous toll, of course, but is reported from several sources telling largely the same story, including that a single USA airstrike against a large building full of civilians in Mosul killed over 130 people, while the other 100 or so were killed in the surrounding area. "The Coalition conducted several strikes near Mosul and we will provide this information to our civilian casualty team for further investigation", it said in a statement. "People have resorted to burning furniture, old clothes, anything they can use to keep warm at night, because it is still raining heavily and the temperatures at night in particular drop significantly", Bruno Geddo, who represents the United Nations refugee agency in Iraq, told reporters in Geneva by phone from a transit centre for displaced people near Mosul. "If we have time, we run", he said.

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