27 Iraqi civilians may have been killed in Canadian airstrik

27 Iraqi civilians may have been killed in Canadian airstrik

Postby Oscar » Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:57 pm

Up to 27 Iraqi civilians may have been killed in Canadian airstrike, Pentagon document reveals

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Canadian military determines allegation was ‘non-credible'

By Timothy Sawa, Lynette Fortune and Ghalia Bdiwe, CBC News Posted: Sep 03, 2015 12:00 PM ET| Last Updated: Sep 03, 2015 4:03 PM ET

An internal Pentagon document obtained by CBC's the fifth estate raises questions about the quality of the investigation conducted by coalition forces into an allegation that as many as 27 civilians were killed in Iraq by a Canadian airstrike.

The Department of National Defence acknowledged last week that an investigation looked into allegations that a Canadian airstrike had killed civilians in northwestern Iraq in January of this year. It was part of an important battle for a key highway near Mosul.

But the department did not disclose the number of alleged casualties, which the document reveals are between six and 27 Iraqis.

"The release of this previously secret [Central Command] document is really very important in our view," says London-based journalist Chris Woods, who leads the Airwars project, which tracks civilian casualties in the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Airwars coordinated the release of the internal documents with the fifth estate, along with several other media outlets around the world. It was first obtained through an access to information request by the U.S. blog War Is Boring.

The document "details many incidents that I think many of America's allies in the coalition are going to be rather uncomfortable being in the public domain now," says Woods. "And that includes an incident involving Canadian aircraft."

To date, the Canadian military has refused to identify the source of the allegations or provide details about the quality of the investigation, but the document appears to shed new light on both aspects.


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