Iraq, allies violated global law in Mosul battle

Iraq, allies violated global law in Mosul battle

Iraq, allies violated global law in Mosul battle

Human Rights Watch Iraq researcher Belkis Wille said on Thursday that "these horrific reports of mistreatment and murder have been met by silence from Baghdad, only further fostering the feeling of impunity among armed forces in Mosul".

Airwars, a London-based independent group of researchers and journalists, stressed that the number of concurrent airstrikes on Raqqah in Syria and Mosul in Iraq was "devastating".

"The victory over the Islamic State in Mosul may be the beginning of another fight", he said.

Coalition and Iraqi ground forces have waged a nine-month offensive on the northern Iraqi city to oust ISIS from the largest population center it captured since declaring a caliphate in June 2014.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi celebrated the victory of Iraqi forces over the Islamic State in Mosul on Sunday local time.

While welcoming the retaking of Mosul from IS by Iraqi government forces, he reminded that the people of Mosul had lived through hell on earth, enduring a level of depravity and cruelty that was nearly beyond words.

Stephen Townsend told a news briefing in Washington that he strongly rejected the statement that coalition strikes violated worldwide law.

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Almost nine months after the start of the offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to retake Mosul after three years, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory and government control of his country's second largest city on July 9.

The added support would aid the US -backed Syrian forces who have encircled Raqqa, the Islamic State's self-proclaimed capital, breaching the fortified defenses and moving closer to the heart of the city.

Meanwhile, an unnamed Iraqi police official said government forces had rescued a family of Izadi Kurds from the clutches of Daesh terrorists in Mosul.

Though all the things are happening in the region, none of the coalition forces are cared for the lives of the civilians and being relentless while conducting unlawful attacks on the IS, who were placing the civilians as shields.

There are also humanitarian and stabilisation efforts desperately needed to ease the suffering of Mosul citizens and start the city on the road to recovery, he said.

The United Nations estimates that about 920,000 civilians have fled from their Mosul homes since the Iraqi military started an operation to recapture the city from Daesh's control in October.

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