Iraq

14 civilians killed in US-led coalition airstrikes in Mosul

More than a dozen Iraqi civilians have lost their lives in the US-led coalition airstrikes in the eastern part of Mosul, which was cleared of Daesh terrorists by Iraq’s armed forces in January.

Iraq’s Shafaq News website said the fatalities occurred on Saturday after US-led warplanes targeted a car loaded with explosives in al-Nabi Shiet district of eastern Mosul, killing at least 14 members of three families in the area.

Iraqi also said the coalition strikes had also bombed a base near Mosul and killed seven senior Daesh commanders, among them four Saudi Arabian nationals.

The developments come as Iraqi forces are engaged in military operation aimed at liberating the western sector of Mosul from Daesh.

On the western front, Abu Hamza Maghrebi, a terrorist responsible for a recent bomb attack in northwestern Nineveh Province, was confirmed dead in an airstrike on the al-Islah al-Zeraei neighborhood in western Mosul.

Commander of Federal Police Forces Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat also announced that security forces had launched a series of surprise attacks against Daesh fortifications, killing 16 members of the Takfiri group.

Daesh militants overran Mosul in June 2014 shortly after launching a campaign of terror and destruction in the western and northern parts of Iraq.

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