Al Jazeera accuses the Iraqi government of using “barrel bombs” against insurgents in their battle to take back Fallujah from the al Qaeda-linked ISIS terrorist organization;
The Iraqi government has denied the use of barrel bombs and asserted that it was fighting in a “humane way”.
Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from the capital Baghdad, said that despite the government’s denial, there was strong evidence that barrel bombs havd been used in Fallujah.
“We have spoken to people, including witnesses and experts, in Fallujah who say the government has been using barrel bombs,” he said.
“Pictures have also been given to Al Jazeera showing barrel bombs used in Iraq. Barrel bombs are very distinctive looking, they are oil barrels that are stuffed with explosives and thrown from helicopters.”
Witnesses claim that the government is dropping these crude bombs on *gasp* mosques. of course, the first thing that came to my mind was when the Maliki government complained that the US forces were indiscriminately using ordnance against the same terrorists who were killing Iraqi civilians and it was one of the reasons that the Obama Administration couldn’t get a status of forces agreement with the Iraq government.
Now, I’m not going to pretend that I believe al Jazeera or their “witnesses”, but I can still take a measure of delight in the irony of the whole discussion.
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