Counting the dead in Mosul

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“‘There were very few Daesh [Isis fighters] in our neighbourhood, but they dropped a lot of bombs on them,’ says Qais, 47, a resident of the al-Jadida district of Mosul. ‘We reckon that the airstrikes here killed between 600 and 1,000 people.’ He shows pictures on his phone of a house that had stood beside his own before it was hit by a bomb or missile that had reduced it to a heap of smashed-up bricks. ‘There were no Daesh in the house,’ says Qais. But there were seven members of the Abu Imad family living there, of whom five were killed along with two passers-by.” (07/13/17)