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Armed Forces should abandon 'scorched earth' policy in Mosul: sources

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The military operations in Mosul's right bank have left countless civilians killed and wounded, informed sources told The Baghdad Post on Wednesday.

The sources, that requested anonymity, have indirectly accused the armed forces of "adopting the scorched earth policy that made civilians vulnerable to military errors".

They, however, saw the situation in the left bank- where Terror Combat Divisions and Peshmerga Forces are fighting ISIS- is slightly better.

The sources have asked the Iraqi air forces and the international coalition forces to be more cautious in their bombardment to save civilians.

ISIS terrorists in the densely-populated Mosul's right bank took thousands of captives as human shields in their fight against the Iraqi army.

Political analysts have also warned against the too many narrow alleys and rickety houses that may collapse due to severe bombardment.

Thousands of Mosul residents have fled their homes amid military confrontations between the Iraqi army and the ISIS militias.

Minister of Immigration and Displacement Jassim Mohamed al-Jaff estimated at 99,582 the total number of the displaced people since February, 19 when the Iraqi army started its offensive to liberate Mosul.

On Monday, a press statement released by Nineveh provincial council's adviser, Khadida Kulu, said "The destruction that hit all Mosul's infrastructure as well as the displacement crisis has made Mosul an already disaster area."
Last Modified: Thursday، 16 March 2017 12:05 AM
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