UN chief: More funding needed for Iraq programs

Smoke rises from the old city during a battle against Islamic State militants in Mosul Iraq
Fair Chance US Ops Contributed to Civilian Deaths in Mosul- CENTCOM Commander REUTERS Youssef Boudlal
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06 April, 2017

During a meeting with prime minister Haider al-Abadi and president Fuad Masum, he said: "Iraq is in the final stages of its fight against terrorism".

Guterres arrived in Iraq amid a growing humanitarian crisis due to months-long fighting against the Islamic State group in Mosul, as the extremist group claimed responsibility for an overnight suicide attack in Baghdad.

Islamic State group fighters battling Iraqi forces in Mosul are holding civilians hostage in buildings and then deliberately attracting strikes by coalition aircraft, a spokesman for the US-led coalition said on Thursday.

Local officials and eye witnesses say as many as 240 people may have been killed in the al-Jadida district when a huge blast caused a building to collapse, burying families inside. After routing IS from the eastern part of the city, Iraqi forces in February launched a push to drive the militants from the western half.

"Obviously this is a very serious incident, we want to make sure we get it right and the best way is to have a general officer look at all of this holistically and answer the questions the commanding general wants answered", Scrocca said.

Iraqi forces have seized back most of the country's second-largest city from the Sunni hardline group in a massive six-month campaign.

During his visit, Guterres also met Iraqi President Fuad Masoum and the speaker of the parliament, Salim al-Jubouri, who expressed hope that the global organization would increase its humanitarian aid in Iraq.

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ISIS was using the tactic in an effort to take advantage of the "negative impact" civilian casualties have on the USA -led coalition's efforts.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called today from Iraq for greater global solidarity with the people of Mosul, who have faced years of jihadist rule and months of deadly fighting.

"For the first time we caught that on a video yesterday".

"We have to be able to positively identify the valid military target (and) positively identify the combatant", as well assess the potential collateral damage of a strike, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The blast, which hit the checkpoint at the main southern entrance to the city on Wednesday night, also wounded at least 36 people.

WASHINGTON: The US-led coalition fighting Daesh said Thursday that it had killed a propaganda chief and associates in an air strike in the western Iraqi town of Al-Qaim.


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