Trump congratulates Iraqi PM on Mosul 'victory'

by Antonio Miles July 12, 2017, 0:22
Trump congratulates Iraqi PM on Mosul 'victory'

The first step to take in ensuring the safety and signaling an intention to protect civilians in or returning to Mosul is for Iraqi authorities and coalition members to publicly acknowledge the deaths, injuries and suffering inflicted on civilians by the military operation in west Mosul, and to take serious steps to provide victims and their families with prompt and full reparations.

Amnesty International on Tuesday said tactics used by Iraqi forces and their US -led coalition allies in the battle for Mosul violated international humanitarian law and might amount to war crimes.

The coalition said in a statement Iraqi forces were in "firm control" of Mosul, but some areas still needed to be cleared of explosive devices and possible ISIL fighters in hiding.

The report said some cases appeared to have constituted disproportionate attacks.

Still, he was pleased to hear that the leaders of the Iraqi Security Forces were only willing to accept unconditional surrender.

Missiles, rockets, cannon shells and machine gun ammunition were also fired from attack helicopters, alongside mortars fired from the ground.

Carried out from October last year to January this year, it states that "air strikes in east Mosul were generally against pre-selected targets and not in support of front-line fighting".

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A 100,000-strong alliance of Iraqi government units, Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Shi'ite militias launched the offensive to recapture the city in October, with air and ground support from the worldwide coalition.

Iraqi forces and the coalition failed to protect civilians, the report said. Numerous families we met in camps for internally displaced people expressed fear, worry, and lack of hope for safety and stability in Mosul. ISIS maintained they wanted to come out as a large group.

Tillerson says IS "terrorized and brutally murdered thousands of civilians" during its occupation of Mosul.

However, the Iraqi defence ministry was not immediately available to comment on the Amnesty report.

The UN official noted that there have also been allegations of human rights violations and abuses by the Iraqi and associated forces, as well as by individuals taking revenge against captured IS fighters or people accused of supporting them.

Matthias von Hein conducted the interview.

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