Hearts and minds…all over the rubble

Whoops. Our bad:

An explosion at a house south of Mosul killed 14 people and wounded five early Saturday, the owner said. The U.S. military confirmed that an air strike hit the building, but said five people died.

During a cordon and search operation to capture an insurgent lead, a U.S. air force F-16 dropped a 500-pound guided bomb in the area south of Mosul on the house intended for search, a military statement said.

“The house was not the intended target for the air strike. The intended target was another location nearby,” the statement said. “Responding forces reported that five individuals died in the strike.”

The house owner, Ali Yousef, said the strike happened at about 2:30 a.m. in this village 30 miles south of Mousl and American troops immediately came and surrounded the area, blocking access for four hours.

The brick house was reduced to a pile of rubble, according to an Associated Press photographer at the scene.

The U.S.-led force “deeply regrets the loss of possibly innocent lives,” the military statement said. (my emphasis)

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