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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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January 8, 2005
Release Number: 05-01-41


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COALITION AIR STRIKE IN MOSUL

MOSUL, Iraq -- During a cordon and search operation to capture an anti-Iraqi force cell leader, a Coalition F-16 dropped one GBU-38, 500-lb GPS-guided bomb, in the area south of Mosul on the house intended for search.

The house was not the intended target for the air strike. The intended target was another location nearby.

The strike occurred during a pre-planned air mission to support ground troops searching for AIF in support of offensive operations in the Mosul area.

Coalition forces in the area for the mission responded to the site to provide assistance. Responding forces reported that five individuals died in the strike. There was no collateral damage to other buildings.

Multi-National Force - Iraq deeply regrets the loss of possibly innocent lives.

An investigation is underway to determine the facts regarding this incident.

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