US-led coalition strike killed dozens of civilian mourners 30km from Kirkuk – Russian MoD

(I’ve been hearing reports all evening that “ISIS” attacked someone just outside Kirkuk as a “distraction” from Mosul. I thought “a distraction? what would that do for them?” Turns out… ah…)

from RT

The Russian Ministry of Defense says that the US-led coalition is responsible for striking mourners in the Iraqi city of Daquq on Friday, killing dozens of civilians, including women and children.

The coalition jets apparently identified the mourning procession as Islamic State terrorists, said General Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry.

“Judging by the eyewitness accounts, the mourning procession was mistaken for terrorists by the coalition aviation. Dozens of Iraqi civilians died, including women and children,” Konashenkov said.

“Russian reconnaissance pinpointed two jets conducting airstrikes on Daquq, located 30 kilometers to the south of Kirkuk, where, according to our data, there are no ISIS fighters,” he added.

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