US releases video of ISIS purportedly using human shields

2017/04/21 | 23:00

(Iraq News)- ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – US Central Command released on Friday footage of what it said is ISIS militants establishing a fighting position in a compound where civilians are also present in west Mosul.“What can be seen are ISIS fighters establishing a fighting position even as civilians are present in the compound,” read a brief description published with the video released by US Central Command Public Affairs.

“Despite ISIS firing toward advancing Iraqi forces from that same position, there was no counter air strike because the full-motion video made it clear civilians were present.”The 2 minute 20 second video was reportedly filmed over a two hour period on March 29. US defense officials have released the video as they are under heat to explain what happened on March 17 when at least 130 civilians were killed in an explosion that coalition airstrikes “probably” played a role in causing, Gen.

Stephen Townsend said in late March. US Col.

Joseph Scrocca said that the US had video evidence of ISIS smuggling civilians into a building in order to use them as human shields. Col.

John Dorrian, coalition spokesperson, said last week that video had been sent to US Central Command headquarters for review before being possibly publicly released. Central Command did not provide the exact location of where this video released on Friday was filmed, but simply stated it was filmed in west Mosul.

Rudaw cannot independently verify the US claims.










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