søndag 11. desember 2016

US Air Force Again Bombs Iraqi Forces In Mosul, Kills 90 Servicemen

U.S. Air Force photo
U.S. Air Force photo

90 Iraqi military servicemen were killed and 100 wounded as result of a US airstrike in Mosul, the Iraqi Factiniraq news portal reported.

The airstrike that had been likely made by mistake on Friday allegedly destroyed eight infantry fighting vehicles and four Humvee military light trucks belonging to Iraqi security forces (ISF) and pushed ISF to retreat from the recently liberated areas of the ISIS stronghold.

This was not the first time when the US-led coalition’s airpower successfully assisted ISIS terrorists to defend their positions in Mosul.

On December 5, the coalition’s air force bombed the so-called “Golden Division” of the Iraqi army near the Mashfa al-Salam hospital that Iraqi fighters had seized from ISIS. As result of airstrikes and ISIS counter-attacks ISF lost up to 200 fighters and was pushed to retreat.

Both incidents were likely a result of excuseless mistakes by US-led coalition pilots that were made because of a lack of practice during their deployment at the operational theatre. This fact is not news for experts. 
Even official numbers provided by Pentagon show that combat aircraft of the US-led coalition (180 warplanes!) make only about 20 combat sorties per day.