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    Federal police members aim their weapons at a man, whom they thought was a member of Islamic State but later turned out to be mentally handicapped, during a battle with Islamic State fighters at Bab al Beed district in the old city of Mosul, Iraq, March 31, 2017

    Daesh Behind Deaths of Civilians in Mosul, Not US-Led Coalition Strike

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    Brig. Gen. Shaker Alwan Khafaji, one of Iraqi Federal Police heads, stated that US-led coalition did not carry out strikes on civilian population in Mosul.

    MOSUL (Sputnik) — The incident with the death of civilians in Iraq's Mosul was not caused by the US-led coalition's airstrike, but by the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh, outlawed in Russia) terrorists’ truck bomb attack, Brig. Gen. Shaker Alwan Khafaji, one of Iraqi Federal Police heads, told Sputnik on Saturday.

    Earlier this week, media reported that at least 200 people, many of whom were civilians, were killed in recent airstrikes in Mosul.

    "Strikes on the civilian population are not carried out. What happened was that a SCANIA truck loaded with explosives blew up, that's what led to what happened," Khafaji said.

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