The top American general in Mosul said Tuesday that an initial assesment of a March 17 U.S. airstrike shows America "probably had a role" in the deaths of civilians in a nearby building, NBC News reported.
Lt. Gen. Steve Townsend said there is "at least a fair chance" that American forces led to the deaths. Unconfirmed reports suggest the death toll ranges from 100 to 200 people.
Townsend added that it was an "unintentional accident of war" if the assessment is correct.
However, Townsend argued that the strike used munition that should not have collapsed the nearby building. He said the Iraqis believe ISIS gathered the civilians and placed them there.