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Iraqi air force targets suspected ISIS building in Mosul, killing dozens

Following an Iraqi airstrike against a suspected ISIS-controlled building in western Mosul on Wednesday, conflicting reports emerged about the legitimacy of the target.

By JC Finley
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Iraqi air force targets suspected ISIS building in Mosul, killing dozens
Iraqi refugees, who fled from the violence in Mosul, wait inside the Khazer refugee camp on the outskirts of Erbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region, June 26, 2014. Tens of thousands of people have fled Iraq's second largest city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS militants. Many have been temporarily housed at various IDP camps around the region including the area close to Erbil, as they hope to enter the safety of the nearby Kurdish region. (UPI/Ceerwan Aziz) | License Photo

BAGHDAD, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Iraqi air force launched airstrikes against a building believed to be used by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

There were conflicting accounts concerning the legitimacy of the target.

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Iraqi state TV reported the building was a prison used by ISIS as a base of operations and that the strike killed "ISIS militants." Local officials with the Mosul civil defense ministry asserted the building housed opponents of ISIS, and that the majority of those killed were civilians.

It was also unclear how many were killed in the airstrike, with estimates ranging from 30 to at least 76 people.

ISIS seized control of Mosul in June, forcibly displacing more than 300,000 residents and threatening minority groups, including Iraqi Christians.

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