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U.S. Forces Struggle to Avoid Civilian Death in Mosul
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18 Mar 2017 05:53 PM EST

As the battle for Mosul moves to the narrow streets and densely packed houses of the Old City, U.S. artillery gunners and helicopter pilots supporting Iraqi forces face an age-old problem – how to avoid killing civilians. They place their faith in precision missiles which can hit their target with great accuracy. But human instinct also comes into play against an Islamic State enemy which has used civilians as human shields and hides in houses and mosques. "Our mission is to find and destroy ISIS.

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