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US military probe concludes civilian deaths in Iraq strike

A US military investigation has concluded that air strikes against an Islamic State checkpoint in Iraq in March probably killed four civilians, possibly including a child.

US Central Command said the checkpoint was validated as a lawful target before the strikes and a review determined the attacks did not violate international law.

The military said the four civilians emerged from two vehicles parked near the checkpoint after the A-10 attack plane released its weapons.

A Central Command statement expressed regret for what it called the unintentional loss of civilian lives.

Several other allegations of civilian casualties linked to US air strikes in Iraq and Syria are under investigation.


From Belfast Telegraph