According to multiple reports coming out of Iraq today, US warplanes attacked the town of Hit in Anbar Province, a town recently taken over by ISIS. But the airstrikes hit a crowded marketplace and nearby apartment buildings, killing 22 civilians and wounding 43 others.
The target appears to have been an error, with reports that an ISIS meeting was going on in a building just down the street from the one attacked. It is the first major civilian death toll in Iraq from US strikes in the new war.
Security sources in Anbar Provinces also reported an increase in civilian displacement from Hit, with hundreds of families fleeing because of the “intensification of the bombing of airplanes” as well as mortar strikes on the town.
The lack of decent intelligence on what the US is actually hitting in airstrikes is likely to give way to more such incidents in the weeks, months, and years to come, as officials continue to ratchet up the air war.
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