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Iraqi official: Anti-IS airstrike killed, wounded civilians

  • An Iraqi Special Forces member stands near the main road from Erbil to Mosul with his unit, in the village of Bartala, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. A senior Iraqi commander says special forces captured a new neighborhood from Islamic State militants in eastern Mosul, the latest gain in a massive government military operation now in its seventh week. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

    An Iraqi Special Forces member stands near the main road from Erbil to Mosul with his unit, in the village of Bartala, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. A senior Iraqi commander says special forces captured a new neighborhood from Islamic State militants in eastern Mosul, the latest gain in a massive government military operation now in its seventh week. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)  (The Associated Press)

  • This still taken from video released Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 by the Islamic State's Amaq news agency, shows a person being treated in the town of Qaim, about 200 miles (320 kilometres) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's parliament speaker said an airstrike targeting the Islamic State-held town of Qaim near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians, and that he is holding the Iraqi government responsible. The government says fighter jets targeted IS militants in two houses in Qaim but denied civilians were present. Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling IS, says it did not conduct any strikes in the area at the time. (Islamic State's Amaq News Agency via AP)

    This still taken from video released Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 by the Islamic State's Amaq news agency, shows a person being treated in the town of Qaim, about 200 miles (320 kilometres) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's parliament speaker said an airstrike targeting the Islamic State-held town of Qaim near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians, and that he is holding the Iraqi government responsible. The government says fighter jets targeted IS militants in two houses in Qaim but denied civilians were present. Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling IS, says it did not conduct any strikes in the area at the time. (Islamic State's Amaq News Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This still taken from video released Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 by the Islamic State's Amaq news agency, shows a wounded person in the town of Qaim, about 200 miles (320 kilometres) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's parliament speaker said an airstrike targeting the Islamic State-held town of Qaim near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians, and that he is holding the Iraqi government responsible. The government says fighter jets targeted IS militants in two houses in Qaim but denied civilians were present. Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling IS, says it did not conduct any strikes in the area at the time. (Islamic State's Amaq News Agency via AP)

    This still taken from video released Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 by the Islamic State's Amaq news agency, shows a wounded person in the town of Qaim, about 200 miles (320 kilometres) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's parliament speaker said an airstrike targeting the Islamic State-held town of Qaim near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians, and that he is holding the Iraqi government responsible. The government says fighter jets targeted IS militants in two houses in Qaim but denied civilians were present. Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling IS, says it did not conduct any strikes in the area at the time. (Islamic State's Amaq News Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Iraq's parliament speaker says an airstrike targeting an Islamic State-held town in western Iraq near the Syrian border has killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians.

Speaker Salim al-Jabouri says the airstrike on Wednesday hit "unarmed civilians" in an urban area, described it as a "crime" and urging that the perpetrators "be punished."

It was unclear if the airstrike was carried out by Iraqi air force or the U.S.-led international coalition supporting the Baghdad government offensive against the Sunni extremist group.

Al-Jabouri did not provide specifics, or the breakdown of the casualties, but said he holds the Iraqi government responsible.

He also did not say how he came by the information. He demanded an immediate investigation.

Anbar province and Iraqi Defense Ministry officials were not available to comment.