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Russia accuses US-led coalition of ‘war crimes’ in Iraq

Russia accused he US-led coalition fighting militants in Iraq of committing war cries, a day after an air raid killed 15 women

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The Russian defense ministry on Saturday accused the US-led coalition fighting militants in Iraq of committing war cries, a day after an air raid killed 15 women at a shrine near the city of Kirkuk.

“We have observed several times that these deadly strikes... which have all the hallmarks of war crimes, have practically become a daily routine by the international coalition’s warplanes,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

“Far too often, weddings, funeral processions, hospital, police posts and humanitarian convoys are targeted by the coalition,” he added.

The statement came after French President Francois Hollande accused Russia of committing war crimes in Syria, where its warplanes are carrying out air strikes in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.