Civilian deaths in Mosul a terrible tragedy: US military commander

General Joseph Votel stopped short of taking responsibility, however.

Published: 26th March 2017 11:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th March 2017 11:51 PM   |  A+A-

Mosul, Iraq, March 5, 2017. AP

By AFP

WASHINGTON: The top commander for US military forces in the Middle East on Sunday called recent civilian deaths in the Iraqi city of Mosul a "terrible tragedy" but stopped short of taking responsibility.

"We are investigating the incident to determine exactly what happened and will continue to take extraordinary measures to avoid harming civilians," General Joseph Votel, who heads the US Central Command (Centcom), said in a statement.

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