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Dozens of Innocent Women and Children Murdered as US Coalition Forces Drop Bombs on a Funeral

Daquq, Iraq — (RT) The Russian Ministry of Defense says that the US-led coalition is responsible for striking mourners in the Iraqi city of Daquq on Friday, killing dozens of civilians, including women and children.

The coalition jets apparently identified the mourning procession as Islamic State terrorists, said General Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry.

“Judging by the eyewitness accounts, the mourning procession was mistaken for terrorists by the coalition aviation. Dozens of Iraqi civilians died, including women and children,” Konashenkov said.

“Russian reconnaissance pinpointed two jets conducting airstrikes on Daquq, located 30 kilometers to the south of Kirkuk, where, according to our data, there are no ISIS fighters,” he added.

Initial reports on the attack came on Friday, with AFP citing local officials and medics as saying that 15 women were killed and 50 more injured.

Konashenkov noted that such incidents bear the mark of war crimes.

“These deadly attacks on civilian areas, which have all the marks of war crimes, are becoming almost a daily routine for the international coalition.”

The spokesman also noted that civilians and civilian infrastructure are increasingly finding themselves in the crosshairs of the coalition bombardment.

“Too often weddings, funerals, hospitals, police stations, and humanitarian convoys are being hit by the coalition warplanes,”Konashenkov said. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova also weighed in, slamming the coalition’s action.

“Yesterday the ‘human rights defenders’ again bombed a funeral ceremony, this time in the Iraqi Daquq where there are no terrorists.” Zakharova said in a Facebook .

In a statement to RT, the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF), which is in charge of the international anti-ISIS operation in Iraq and Syria, said that it has no evidence that jets of the alliance carried out the Daquq strike.

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“At this time, we cannot associate this incident with any Coalition strikes in the area,” the response says.

On Friday, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) ‘sleeper cells’ launched attacks on government buildings in Kirkuk, sparking clashes with security forces.

At least 80 people, died in the fighting while some 170 have been injured, according to AP.

The attack on Kirkuk comes at a time when the Iraqi military is conducting a full-scale military operation to retake the country’s second-largest city, Mosul from the jihadists.

The city was captured by Islamic State fighters in 2014 and became IS’ main stronghold in Iraq.

“During the past 24 hours alone, the international coalition has conducted 22 sorties using tactical aviation and four unmanned flying vehicles, which launched 19 strikes on various sites on the territory of Iraq,” Konashenkov said, noting that Russia is closely monitoring the developments.

The Security Council member for Baghdad province, Saad al Mutlabi, believes that the airstrike on Daquq “is definitely a war crime” and “a deliberate act because Daquq is far away from Kirkuk and has nothing to do with ISIS.”

“This is a huge criminal act. I am sure it will go unanswered,” he told RT. “There is no way you can mistake one city for another city and a funeral procession with a city that has no history of ISIS,” Mutlabi said, when asked if there might have been any kind of intelligence mistake.

The Iraqi politician added that whoever is responsible for the tragedy is likely to go unpunished.

“Unfortunately we don’t hear a condemnation from the Iraqi government because of the sensitivity of the subject, which is really a shame that such an event, such a criminal act, takes place without any questioning,” he said.

  • T. Mohr

    Are there any former military out there willing to speak out against these war crimes by our country?

    • billdeserthills

      Impeachment requires the senate, there are not enough members in the senate that will support obama’s impeachment

      • Lasher
      • AaEe

        I believe all Senators deserve execution. Americans have had too many elections and not enough revolution

        • billdeserthills

          I cannot disagree, but I think you are being too lenient on Congress, the upper 545 people need to be punished, if we ever want to see a day of honesty from any of Our leaders. Easiest way I can see is to use the Oath of Office every politician takes, that is supposed to make them uphold the Constitution & Bill of Rights

    • Paschn

      Impeach? Hell, in a decent nation the swine & Co. would be publicly executed as they did Gadhafi. Unfortunately, there aren’t many decent nations left – Israel and the dual world power of Jewmerica/Britain have destroyed them.

      “We have exterminated the property owners in Russia. We are going to do
      the same thing in Europe and America

      (The Jew, December, 1925, Zinobit)

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  • It seems wherever we go innocent people get killed. What is the definition of terrorist again?

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  • Kyrie

    Where is HRW with their faux outrage?

  • Guy

    Leave it to Russia, who supplies missiles and technology to Countries so they can shoot down civilian aircraft, annex entire countries. Bomb Cities to rubble, for a worthless dictator’s personal war, to keep himself in power, and double taps emergency workers, removing the injured, after their first bombing run, to insure even more slaughter of civilians ! Too talk about war crimes ! Sort of calling the “Kettle Black” ain’t it ?

    • AaEe

      The few good Americans that exist can hope that Russia and China begin marketing missles to all enemies of The West, as well as, assisting nations like North Korea and Iran to advance their own weapons programs. Finally, Asian, Muslim, and Russian interests should begin preparations to expell The West from all Asian and African locations.

      • Guy

        So your point is, what ?

    • George Reichel

      Are you serious??Talk about hypocrisy!

      • Guy

        I din’t mention us, only because of the content of the story ! We are as bad if not worse in a lot of cases I am sure !

  • Cannot find any independent media confirmation of this attack.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/10/24/us-led-coalition-denies-bombing-iraqi-funeral-procession/92665030/

    US denial but investigating was as close as I could come.

    Always check sources people, remember to be a Freethinker.

    I did find it interesting that it was Shia Muslims and you know how much the US hates them, even though they are the far lesser of the two evils (Sunni Wahhabists being #1 by far in this category). As long as the US is subservient to Saudi Arabia, I don’t see this policy changing and ISIS will continue to be secretly funded and supplied by Saudi’s.

    Some famous (infamous) Wahhabists you may know:

    Osama Bin Laden
    The 9/11 hijackers
    Al`Qaeda
    The Taliban
    ISIS
    Nearly every terrorist that has taken part in a terror attack for the last two decades.

    Check out the free online documentary Bitter Lake for more info on Wahhabism.

    Adam Curtis: Bitter Lake | Full movie HD
    https://youtu.be/VRbq63r7rys

  • AaEe

    No one has a right to judge Muslims who kill Americans and Europeans. If the Western people were innocent they would execute their politicans, judges, government administrators, military generals, diplomats, and their executive staff. These purges would also address non governmental leaders in media, business, and education who collude with the government.

    • billdeserthills

      Why not, we have judges whose job it is to judge other types of murdering scum?

  • Jamie Hall

    Pinky: What’ll we do this week Brain?
    Brain: The same thing we do every week Pinky, blow up the wrong target.

    (Adapted from Steven Spielberg’s “Pinky and the Brain”.)