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Australian Greens respond to reports of mass civilian casualties after coalition airstrikes on Mosul



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Australian Greens respond to reports of mass civilian casualties after coalition airstrikes on Mosul

“Our thoughts are with the people of Mosul and all those civilians affected by the latest Coalition airstrikes,” said Dr Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens.

“The escalation of US and Coalition aerial bombardment of urban areas in Iraq and Syria is having horrific consequences.

“When Parliament resumes the Greens will attempt to establish whether the RAAF was involved in these airstrikes, but note that Australia is implicated either way through our diplomatic, military and intelligence support.

Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs said:

“There are numerous unconfirmed reports that President Donald Trump has officially or unofficially loosened the rules of engagement for US and Coalition forces operating in Syria and Iraq, which the Greens will also seek to confirm.

“Aerial bombardment of densely populated urban areas makes atrocities such as this almost inevitable.

“In the mean time, our thoughts are with all those caught up in the violent consequence of decades of catastrophic foreign policy failures of the United States.”

Media contacts:

Cass Stafford (Di Natale) - 0428 152 347 David Paris (Ludlam) - 0417 978 751

No publication date - received by Parl Library 26 March 2017