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Bombing raids involving the Australian Defence Force may have killed two children in Iraq, according to Australian and US-led coalition defence announcements.
On Friday, Vice Admiral David Johnston detailed two airstrikes that killed civilians, including one in June in which a child was likely killed by RAAF F/A-18 Hornets. Coalition investigations into civilian deaths in the conflict against ISIS in Iraq and Syria have found “at least 735 civilians” have been killed by coalition airstrikes, with another 350 reports still to be investigated. While the incidents occurred several months ago, the ADF released information on the strikes at midnight on a Friday of a long weekend ahead of two major sporting events.
Alex McKinnon, The Saturday Paper