The Iraqi military has killed dozens of civilians and wounded hundreds of others in indiscriminate air strikes since June 6, some of which include the controversial and illegal use of barrel bombs, a human rights organization charged Wednesday. The United States should stop providing weapons to the government in Baghdad “until it complies with international law,” the group said.
Human Rights Watch accused the Iraqi military of using barrel bombs at least six times in June and July. The primitive weapons rely on a mix of fuel and shrapnel packed into barrels and other cylinders to inflict damage cheaply, but are prone to injuring and killing civilians. They have been used widely by the regime in Syria, drawing condemnation from the international community.
The attacks in Iraq were launched as it fights to hold the line against militants with the Islamic State, an insurgent group that has taken control of broad sections of western and northern Iraq. The barrel bomb attacks occurred in the western city of Fallujah, Human Rights Watch said. The city fell to militants early in January. […]