Iraqis are accusing the US-led coalition in Iraq of helping ISIS after an ‘accidental’ air strike provided cover for the terrorist group. 21 pro-government militia members were killed in the airstrike this past Wednesday in the Qayyara region only 60 kilometers from the contested and strategically important city of Mosul. The region has been under ISIS control since 2014. The local Iraqi police confirmed the attack and a US defense official told AFP that the strike had “most likely” been carried out by the US jets. The Iraqi militia, which is one of the few pro-government militias fighting Islamic extremists in the area, is led by Sheikh Nazhan Sakhr al-Lihaybi, who said that his group had just finished successfully repelling an ISIS attack when it was bombed. The militia’s outpost was also bombed in the air strike and, according to al-Lihaybi, was the group’s must crucial outpost in the area. Canadian Brigadier-General David Anderson of the US-led coalition said that they would investigate the incident.
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