22 Killed in Iraq as U.S. Admits Mistakes in Airstrike

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the United States would look into Friday’s airstrikes that killed at least 10 Iraqi soldiers. He further stated that it appears mistakes on both sides led to the friendly fire incident. On Saturday, the Iraq government revised the number of fatalities to 10 dead after witnesses disputed an earlier estimate. However, a soldier on the scene claims that 25 were killed and 37 were wounded in the strike. He also claimed other errors with the official version of events. He said that the weather wasn’t particularly bad nor was the strike on the front lines, a detail that is corroborated by the number of senior officers injured.

At least 22 were killed and six were wounded:

One person was killed and another was wounded in a car when a bomb exploded in Khanizir.

A bomb near a Baghdad liquor store wounded four people.

In Amiriyat al-Falluja, a sniper shot and wounded the police chief and a policeman.

Peshmerga forces killed 20 militants near the Makhmour front lines in the town of Aliyawa.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.