Once again and under the pretext of being “mistaken” for terrorists, a US air strike kills eight Iraqis on Saturday, most of them security personnel, as a US military helicopter targeted several vehicles in Iraq’s al-Anbar Province on their way to support an anti-ISIL operation.
The attack occurred in the west of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, local Iraqi media reported on Saturday morning.
Iraqi Alsumaria television cited an unnamed security official as saying that the US helicopter gunship had targeted several civilian vehicles in the al-Baghdadi neighborhood of Ramadi.
“Eight people — a senior intelligence official, five policemen and a woman — were killed by a US strike on the center of Al-Baghdadi,” a town in western Iraq, the official said, asking not to be identified.
The martyrs were traveling in a convoy which had been deployed to support an operation against suspected ISIL terrorists in the area.
The strike destroyed most of the vehicles in the convoy and also wounded 20 people, including the town’s police chief, who was in a serious condition, the provincial official said.
Iraq’s Joint Operations Command, which coordinates the campaign against ISIL, said it had ordered a Special Forces raid in the town after receiving intelligence of a “meeting to be attended by terrorist commander Karim al-Samarmad”.