The Pentagon has admitted that its air campaign in Mosul “probably had a role” in the mounting civilian death toll in Mosul, including the recent loss of dozens of lives under the rubble of a house that was allegedly booby-trapped by ISIS to maximize casualties.
Those who managed to escape the Mosul crossfire suffer a complete nervous breakdown, recalling how entire families, ill-advised to stay home instead of fleeing, often ended up under the rubble of their homes bombed by the US-led coalition.
Both the US and the Iraqi forces are in a way trying to disown the deadly incident in Mosul that resulted in the deaths of dozens of civilians, which indicates coordination on the ground is not perfect says Middle East expert Ammar Waqqaf.
Americans seem to be willing to step into the fray in Iraq, which takes one back to Vietnam and the My Lai massacre, where the concept of the US was to destroy the village to save it, said Jack Rice, former CIA officer, and international lawyer.
In Aleppo there was a tendency among Western reporters, certainly in the US, to point out Russia was leading the operation, so any civilian casualties and damage could be blamed on it, explains retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski.
Civilians in Mosul are in densely populated areas, and it makes any airstrikes, even artillery fire, very problematic. If they try to escape, they are killed by ISIS. So, it is a no-win situation for the civilians, says former Pentagon official Michael Maloof.