They claim there were no IS fighters in the house struck by the USA bomb and that IS militants had not rigged it with explosives.
There was a separate entrance from the street to the second floor via a staircase, Isler said. He added that 36 civilians remain unaccounted for. The expelled families, attempting to seek shelter, were welcomed into the large compound by a neighbor.
The general said it was possible that civilians in the building were held against their will after they took sanctuary, though there is no proof that this is the case. However, Isler said, there were blind zones and the forces could not see parts of the building.
CTS forces observing the compound prior to the strike never observed civilians moving into the structure's north side due to blind spots.
WELNA: Well, according to General Isler there had been bad weather for two days before the airstrike and on the morning it was carried out. He said it's unclear if they were held against their will, but that people in a neighboring building were threatened by ISIS the night before the US airstrike to not leave.
According to Isler, U.S. forces are taking responsibility for the strike, but argue ISIS deliberately placed explosives for the goal of killing civilians.
The Iraqis requested the airstrike on the snipers, who were firing from the roof of a building in the densely packed neighborhood of Al Jadidah.
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Two weeks after the bombing, coalition video caught IS fighters forcing civilians into a different building through holes in the walls and then planting propane containers, he said. Enemy fighters warned people in the building next door to leave the area the night before the explosion.
Of the 105 civilians who died, 101 died in the structure and another four died from damage to the neighboring building, the Pentagon says.
The GBU-38 was meant to destroy only the top floor of the building, but when it set off the cache of explosives laden with accelerants the resultant damage was far greater, Isler said.
But Airwars Director Chris Wood said a rise in civilian deaths has been particularly noticeable around the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, where thousands of militants are dug in ahead of an upcoming offensive to recapture the city. A similar scenario could emerge in IS' self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, which USA -backed militia are expected to start trying to retake soon.
Within weeks of the strike, as The Two-Way reported, Iraqi and USA officials said they would slow the offensive and reduce the number of air strikes to minimize civilian deaths.
Coalition forces are already adapting to ISIS' tactic of using trapped civilians to maximize collateral damage, Isler said. The Pentagon's report stated that U.S. personnel "could not have predicted" that dozens of Mosul residents were in the building being used by Isis snipers to attack Iraqi forces.
"No one saw [ISIS] move explosives into the area".
"This engagement was conducted using all available intelligence entirely according to stringent coalition rules of engagement and in accordance with the law of armed conflict", said Air Force Brig.