When U.S.-led forces bombed an ISIS-controlled building in Mosul, Iraq last March, they were blamed for the deaths of over 100 civilians inside. But now military investigators are suggesting ISIS militants actually killed the Iraqi civilians.
According to Fox News, investigators said the bomb dropped on the rooftop where two ISIS snipers were stationed could not have possibly destroyed the whole building because that type of GBU-38 precision bomb is designed to have a highly contained explosive radius.
The bomb "wouldn't even dent any of the surrounding walls," said investigating officer U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Matthew Isler.
What was found inside the rubbled of the building supports that assertion.
Investigators say the civilians were kept inside the building while a massive amount of explosives was rigged in it by ISIS. Two ISIS snipers were planted on top of the building to draw U.S. fire. Once the American bomb was dropped, the explosives inside the building were triggered, collapsing the structure so that the U.S. could be blamed for all the civilian deaths.
Isler acknowledged that the U.S. had no reported sightings of the explosives being moved into the building beforehand. But he said that bad weather and intense fighting could have masked the effort.
Numerous other mainstream media outlets are still reporting the story from the angle of U.S. being to blame for 100 civilian deaths. NBC News wrote “U.S. Airstrike Killed Over 100 Civilians in Mosul, Pentagon Says” on Thursday while ABC News wrote “US airstrike in Mosul caused explosion that killed more than 100 Iraqi civilians.”
Isler says new technology has been developed since March to better detect the presence of humans inside buildings since ISIS has a tendency to use civilians as human shields.
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