The following is an excerpt from RT.com | March 28, 2017 |
The Pentagon said it will not alter the rules of engagement in the war against Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq as the US-led coalition faces allegations of killing dozens of civilians in one of their airstrikes on Mosul.
US forces are not planning to change the way they conduct airstrikes despite the battle for Mosul entering more densely populated areas in the Western part of the city, the spokesman of the US Central Command, Colonel John Thomas, told reporters.
“General Votel is not looking into changing the way we operate other than to say our processes are good and we want to make sure we live by those processes,” Thomas said, referring to the General Joseph Votel who heads US Central Command, as cited by Reuters.
The statement comes as the US-led coalition faces allegations that one of their airstrikes on March 17 killed dozens of civilians. If confirmed, this would be one of the deadliest single incidents involving civilian casualties in a recent conflict in which the US military was actively involved.
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