Armed Forces News

Defense Secretary James Mattis is placing at least some of the blame for reported civilian casualties in Mosul, Iraq, upon the enemy. The Washington Post and other sources stated that between 130 and 230 civilians were killed and another 80 were recovered from rubble, in the aftermath of a March 17 air raid against enemy targets there. Speaking at a March 27 joint press briefing with Qatari defense minister Khalid Al Attiyah, Mattis said, “There is no military force in the world that has proven more sensitive to civilian casualties. We are keenly aware that every battlefield where an enemy hides behind women and children is also a humanitarian field, and we go out of our way to always do everything humanly possible to reduce the loss of life or injury among innocent people.”