US Military Admits: We Deliberately Bombed A Hospital In Iraq

Military spokesperson says "it's very difficult to ascertain with full and total fidelity" that no civilians were killed.
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    The U.S. military said Thursday that it intentionally bombed a hospital in Mosul, Iraq as part of its efforts to “eradicate” Islamic State (ISIS) fighters.

    The attack on the Al Salam hospital complex took place Wednesday at the request of Iraqi forces, with coalition aircraft using “precision-guided munitions,” Air Force Col. John Dorrian, spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, told reporters.

    He said “it’s very difficult to ascertain with full and total fidelity” that there were no civilian casualties, whether in the building targeted or elsewhere within the hospital complex.

    ISIS fighters, Dorrian said, “were using the facility to fire heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades at the Iraqi security forces in the area.” The strike on the “normally protected facility” allowed the Iraqi forces “to fall back to a more defensible position,” he said.

    The “protection of civilians,” he said later in the press conference, “has been a centerpiece, a foundational element of the campaign to liberate Mosul.”

    The military is not carrying out an investigation but rather an “assessment” of the strike, the spokesperson added.

    The battle to reclaim Mosul from ISIS fighters, which began in October, has left civilians, including roughly 600,000 children, trapped and facing a worsening humanitarian situation.

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    • Kagey1

      The illegal and immoral act was the action of ISIS in using a hospital as a base of attack. There is a clear wrongdoer here and that was the action of ISIS’s hiding behind civilians. In cases of attackers using civilian shields, those attacked have a legal and moral obligation to defend themselves even if innocents are hurt. The guilt for the death of those innocents is on those who used them against their will as human shields, not on the defenders who accidentally hurt or killed them.

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      Why would anyone think that the standard is that “no civilians would be killed?” This is being peddled by members of the Obama Administration, and it’s simply non-sense.

      The fact that ISIL goons are being treated in the hospital is not relevant: that’s what hospitals are for. The question is whether the hospital lost its protected status by being used as a Command and Control Center, a Weapons Storage Facility, or a Launchpad for snipers or rockets. If it did, then the second question becomes proportionality – whether the target is worth more destroyed than the injuries and death to civilians that such an attack would DEFINITELY have caused.

      • Retaliation

        The hospital was “empty” of straff and civilians, the Iraqi army tok over the hospital without clearing out the surrounding, because the Officers felt it’s going well…. then the night came and the counterattack by isis.. ~6 car bombs and a bunch of other stuff… the elite forces had be called in to save the team inside the hospital, so they managed to fight their way in and get the troops out, and called for an air strike to be able to escape…. so there was mismanagement from some officers on the ground.

        And this article is misleading and written by someone with no knowledge of the actual situation. Reading this article it sounds like the hospital was functional and patients got killed in the airstrike. The issue is rather that the infrastructure got destroyed. Civilians were not involved.

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