On December 8, 2016, US Central Command issued a statement: “Coalition attacks Mosul hospital.” The Islamic State, he explained, “was using the hospital as a base of operations and command and control headquarters.” Consequently, the US-led coalition carried out precision strikes in support of Iraqi troops fighting for the hospital.
The story, and the scandal, was not that the United States attacked the terrorists where they were hiding, but that the terrorists had used the hospital as cover in the first place. “In the battle of Mosul, ISIS used a hospital base” was the Human Rights Watch headline; He explained that “armed forces or groups should not occupy medical facilities, undermining their protective status.”
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