U.S. Says Airstrike on Iraq House Kills 5


AGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The United States military acknowledged dropping a
500-pound bomb on the wrong house outside the northern city of Mosul on
Saturday, killing five people. But the man who owned the house said the
bomb killed 14 people - including seven children…

Late Saturday, a U.S. military statement said an F-16 jet dropped a
500-pound GPS-guided bomb on a house that was meant to be searched during
an operation to capture ''an anti-Iraqi force cell leader.''

"The house was not the intended target for the airstrike. The intended
target was another location nearby," the military said in a statement.

The homeowner, Ali Yousef, told Associated Press Television News that the
airstrike happened at about 2:30 a.m., and American troops immediately
surrounded the area, blocking access for four hours. The brick house was
reduced to a pile of rubble, according to an Associated Press photographer
at the scene.

An Associated Press photographer said from the scene that 14 members of the
same family - seven children, four women and three men - were killed, and
six people were wounded, including another child.

 


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