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US Forces Using White Phosphorus in Populated Areas of Iraq and Syria

US used white phosphorus in SyriaIraq claimed credit for videos earlier this week showing the use of white phosphorus munitions in densely populated parts of the Old City in Mosul, but their use is becoming even more widespread, with new reports suggesting that the US is also using such shells in both Iraq and Syria.

Though white phosphorus shells are not uncommon in the military, and often used as smokescreens, the high temperature at which it burns, and the toxic chemicals emitted makes them wholly unsuitable for populated areas, and their use in any densely populated area or as an incendiary are widely considered war crimes.

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3 US troops killed, 2 injured by Afghan soldier

2 soldiers killedThree U.S. soldiers were killed and one other was wounded Saturday in an attack by an Afghan soldier, according to multiple reports.

The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, claiming that the attacker was a Taliban fighter who had joined the Afghan army, also known as a "green-on-blue" attack.

"We are aware of an incident in Eastern Afghanistan. We will release more information when appropriate," a U.S. military spokesman said in a statement.

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U.S. Military Acknowledges More Than 100 Civilians Died In Mosul Strike

100 die as explosives detonate in MosulA U.S. military investigation on Thursday acknowledged that more than 100 civilians were killed in a U.S. air strike on a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March during operations against Islamic State militants.

The probe concluded that the U.S. strike in the Al-Jadida district inadvertently triggered explosives placed in the building by Islamic State fighters, causing it to collapse.

Isler said the United States and nearby Iraqi forces did not know there were civilians in the building or that it had been rigged with explosives.

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Blast hits NATO convoy in central Kabul

NATO convoy hit in Kabul; many dead 5/3/17At least eight people were killed in a large explosion in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, officials said, with reports saying the target was a NATO convoy.

The attacker blew up his explosive-laden vehicle next to the convoy near a National Defence Security (NDS) checkpoint on Shash Darak road in the central Macroyan area early on Wednesday, military officials said.

At least eight Afghan civilians were killed and 22 others wounded, including three US service members, officials said.

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U.S.-led fight on ISIS has killed 352 civilians: Pentagon

US led fight on ISIS has killed 352 civiliansAt least 352 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday.

The Combined Joint Task Force, in its monthly assessment of civilian casualties from the U.S. coalition's operations against the militant group, said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths.

It added that 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 2017. It reported 80 civilian deaths from August 2014 to the present that had not previously been announced. The report included 26 deaths from three separate strikes in March.

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US coalition investigating reports of deadly Mosul airstrike

Mosul air strike being investigatedThe U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group is investigating reports of an airstrike in a western neighborhood in the Iraqi city of Mosul that allegedly left more than 100 civilians dead, according to a statement given to The Associated Press on Friday.

The suspected high toll underscores the difficulties that Iraqi troops face in the weeks-long fight to route the Sunni militant group from the densely urban part of the city, Iraq's second-largest.

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UNHCR: 3,000 fleeing Iraqis seized by ISIL

Fleeing IraqisFighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have reportedly captured up to 3,000 fleeing villagers in northern Iraq, according to the UN refugee agency, or UNHCR.

In its daily report on events in Iraq, UNHCR said on Friday that 12 of the captives were thought to had been executed by ISIL, also known as ISIS.

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