The crowd calls to investigate the deaths of 21 of its fighters in Qayyarah blow for the International Alliance BAGHDAD / long-Presse
At the time of the popular crowd Authority announced its displeasure to the international coalition bombing of one of their headquarters south of Mosul, Izzat joint operations to strike "false coordinates" given by some of the fighters of the alliance.
The US official had announced that the coalition against al Daesh admitted that he was probably killed by mistake elements in the crowd tribal pro-Iraqi government in a raid Wednesday near Mosul.
According to Iraqi officials, said the airstrike killed 21 fighters from the crowd of Sunni tribal near Mosul, which constitute a stronghold for the organization Daesh.
Two weeks ago, he acknowledged that the alliance bombed by mistake locations of the Syrian army, killing at least sixty soldiers.
The raid comes as Iraqi forces were gearing up for a large-scale attack to regain Mosul from terrorists. The Iraqi government has claimed, so far, a specific date for the start of the process, but many Western officials have talked about the month of October.
He promised Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, on Tuesday, Mosul residents of cities in the country's second victory of "destination" in the face of jihadists.
A day after the mysterious blow, Faleh al-Fayad, head of the crowd, he said, "at time 115 of the dawn approved on Wednesday, the fifth of October now, continued to PDF crowd in southern Mosul site exposed to the air strike by international coalition aircraft leaving It killed 21 militants and wounding five others. "
He said al-Fayad, in a statement received (range) a copy of it, "While we offer our condolences to the families of martyrs and heroes who answered the call of duty and responsibility, and carried the meanings of chivalry and horsemanship to submit their brothers more than a year in surveys of confrontation and to contribute in the liberation of their villages and towns usurped, we express our deep dissatisfaction and surprised to the frequent occurrence of such incidents. "
He called the chief of the crowd of officials and leaders in the international coalition to "conduct the required investigations into the incident and identify the causes and circumstances and let us know the results objectively and transparently and to not be repeated in the future."
In the meantime, the Joint Special Operations Command revealed that the mistaken raid carried out by the international coalition against the crowd tribal, south of Mosul, was based on information provided by the tribal fighters from the crowd.
The Joint Special Operations Command, in a statement received (range Press), a copy of which, "The air strike was carried out by the international coalition within the definitive liberation of Nineveh operations were based on information provided from the crowd tribal stating the existence of hostile fire from a house in ruins Jabr Village, South Mosul, was information check with the source, who confirmed the information. "
She Operations Command that "the air strike carried out on the specific goal, according to information, and it turned out the martyrdom of a number of tribal children of the crowd and injuring others," asserting that "it was opening an investigation immediately to find out negligent."
In the meantime, it announced that the US Department opened an investigation of the incident. Said Mark Toner, a spokesman for the US State Department, during the briefing, I followed (range Press), "The investigation is now being to look into the circumstances of the raid, which caused the deaths of a number of elements of the forces of the crowd clan in Qayyarah."
Tonnerre, adding that "the raids are often conducted intelligence coordinated between the Iraqi and American sides and the information is verified before launching the raid to avoid an error in hitting the target."
US spokesman said that "if the strike caused injury wrong target, we are conducting a thorough investigation and we will be at the highest level of transparency in the vote."
For her part, US Central Command (CENTCOM), in a statement, "The raids were the request" of the Iraqi forces have carried out "in coordination with" the Iraqi government, noting that it would "joint investigation" between Iraqi and coalition forces to reveal the circumstances of what happened .
The statement said the raid targeted "a building used by al Daesh" Jhadioh where he was "shooting from the Iraqi forces."
The minister said the Iraqi official said the raid targeted fighters at the first dawn on Wednesday east of the town of Qayyarah, which has recovered from the organization Daesh in August.
He said Sheikh Nazhan rock Lahibi, commander of the crowd tribal fighters, they were able to repel the attack by elements of al-Daesh in the region and were bombed during the gathering at the end of the fighting.
For his part, Agriculture Minister Falah Hassan Zeidan, who maintains his clan in Qayyarah area, said 21 fighters from the crowd clan were killed and confirmed the timing of the strike.