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Child killed in Iraqi government air strike

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 01:20

An Iraqi man whose 12-year-old relative was killed by a military air strike in Tuz Khurmato calls on Baghdad to ''have some shame.'' Deborah Gembara reports.

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Anger and frustration in northern Iraq after a government air strike killed a 12-year-old girl on Monday. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNNAMED RELATIVE OF GIRL KILLED IN AIR STRIKE, SAYING: "Did you train this pilot to hit innocent people? Enough, government, enough - have some shame. Children died and families are gone. The pilot hit a family and you'll say terrorists and militants - are these militants? Is an innocent child a militant? Is her father, a bus driver, a militant?" The strikes, which were believed to have been directed at Kurdish political headquarters in Tuz Khurmato, struck two homes just over 300 feet away. Kurdish forces, also known as Peshmerga, say eight people were injured. The group, which held its own against Sunni militants operating under the name, the Islamic State ---seized Tuz Khurmato, Kirkuk, and oil rich surrounding areas last month. While western powers have urged the Kurdish region to align with Baghdad to root out Sunni insurgents, its (Kurdistan) recent land grabs and talks of independence are a worrying sign. Many believe stability in Iraq hinges on the government's ability to bring together rival Sunni, Shia and Kurdish groups.

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Child killed in Iraqi government air strike

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 01:20