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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

US-led coalition slams Amnesty report on Mosul as 'irresponsible'

A coalition spokesman said war is not pleasant and 'pretending that it should be is foolish and places the lives of civilians and soldiers alike at risk'.

A detained man, accused of being an ISIL fighter, sits in front of newly-displaced men near a check point in Qayyara, east of Mosul, Iraq on October 26, 2016. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
A detained man, accused of being an ISIL fighter, sits in front of newly-displaced men near a check point in Qayyara, east of Mosul, Iraq on October 26, 2016. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

The US-led coalition says an Amnesty International report accusing its forces of violating international law during the fight against ISIL in Mosul is "irresponsible".

Col Joe Scrocca, a coalition spokesman, said on Wednesday that "war is not pleasant, and pretending that it should be is foolish and places the lives of civilians and soldiers alike at risk".

Amnesty International released a report on Tuesday saying coalition forces may have committed war crimes during their gruelling nine-month battle against ISIL in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.

Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi declared "total victory" in Mosul on Monday.

Amnesty also documented war crimes committed by ISIL, including mass killings, forced displacement and the use of civilians as human shields.

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