100 civilians killed in US air strike on Mosul building

An investigation concluded that the US strike inadvertently triggered explosives placed in the building by Islamic state fighters.

FILE: Iraqi forces, consisting of the Iraqi federal police and the elite Rapid Response Division, advance in the old city in western Mosul on 17 March 2017 during the ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State group fighters. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – Officials have revealed the findings of a military investigation which proves more than 100 civilians were killed after a US Air strike on a building in Mosul.

The investigation concluded that the US strike in the Al-Jadida district of Iraq in March, inadvertently triggered explosives placed in the building by Islamic state fighters, causing the building to collapse.

It’s one of the deadliest single incidents for civilians in recent memory in any major conflict involving the US Military, which prides itself on efforts to limit civilian fallout.