Operation in Western Mosul has been suspended, to find it “more acceptable ways”. In an interview with the RIA Novosti news Agency said Iraqi President Fuad Masum.
The head of state also noted that it is necessary to investigate the mistakes the US committed in the course of attacks in Iraq, including in Mosul.
Masum added that the incident will not affect the interaction between Baghdad and Washington. “Relations between the two countries is strategic, and that they attacked this building, doesn’t mean they caused it for the purpose of aggression,” — said the Iraqi leader.
Operation in the Western part of Mosul has been ongoing since February, with the participation of aviation of the international coalition led by the United States. However, due to the increased number of victims among the civilian population, the Iraqi security forces decided to suspend the offensive. It is reported that Iraqi commanders want to “weigh new offensive plans and tactics” to attack terrorists without civilian casualties.
Iraqi media reported that the March 17 bombing of Mosul killed about 200 civilians. Presumably, the air strikes on the positions of militants of the international terrorist organization “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia) attacked the United States.
The Pentagon began checking reports of civilian deaths. 25 Mar the Ministry said that at the request of the Iraqi authorities attacked the city, but his involvement in the incident is not confirmed.