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This week in 2017, the US dropped a 500 lbs bomb on a crowded residential area of West Mosul, Iraq, unleashing a massive explosion, which killed nearly 300 civilians, many of them children. The strike was the US’s most deadly air strike for civilians in 25 years.
The use of such powerful bomb in such a crowded civilian area is clearly a war crime. The bomb hit a building filled with civilians, who had been told to stay in their homes by the US/Iraqi forces & who were also trapped by ISIS.
After the bombing, the streets “reeked of death” with “bodies pinned under houses; blackened hands and pairs of feet protruding from the rubble.” Citizens & civil defense workers worked for weeks to try to recover the buried bodies.
Munatha Jasim lost 9 of her relatives in the bombing, including her 7 year-old son & her 4 year-old daughter. "We recovered half his body," she said of the 7-year-old. "The rest is still there. Just because one ISIS [fighter] was on our house, the aircraft bombed us," she said.
Suha Khalid Gharab, 60, lost 20 relatives in the explosion, including a 1-year-old. "It's a crime, killing civilian people," she said. In total, at least 9,000 people were killed during the US-led attack on ISIS in Mosul.…
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