Air strikes kill kids in war-torn Iraq

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AUS­TRALIAN forces have been in­volved in two air strikes in Iraq that killed or se­ri­ously in­jured at least eight civil­ians, in­clud­ing the likely death of two chil­dren.

The civil­ian ca­su­al­ties, re­ported overnight by the US-led Op­er­a­tion In­her­ent Re­solve, were the re­sult of Aus­tralian forces fight­ing against ISIS troops in a bat­tle to re­take the north­ern city of Mo­sul. The first in­ci­dent took place on March 30 in West Mo­sul after a ground crew called in an air strike to de­stroy a group of peo­ple be­lieved to be mem­bers of ISIS – also known as Daesh.

A mem­ber of the Aus­tralian De­fence Force was in­volved in the ap­proval of the strike against the tar­geted group, which the air­crew later de­ter- mined had iden­ti­fied.

The group of civil­ians, ei­ther killed or se­ri­ously in­jured, are thought to have in­cluded at least one child.

The sec­ond in­ci­dent was an Aus­tralian air strike on June 7, in the heav­ily built up area of West Mo­sul, tar­get­ing Daesh fighters in a residential build­ing. been wrongly

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