‘They have no understanding of brutality of war’, says British commander over Amnesty’s Mosul ‘war crimes’ report

A senior British commander has hit out at a human rights group’s claims the US-led coalition and Iraqi forces used excessive force in the battle to recapture Mosul, calling them “naive and deeply irresponsible”.

Major General Rupert Jones, the deputy commander of the international anti-Isil coalition, on Wednesday criticised a report published by Amnesty International the day after troops claimed victory over the jihadists as “disrespectful” to the Iraqi government.

Amnesty suggested the government and coalition carried out “disproportionate” and “unlawful” attacks in the fight to take back the city.

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