A US soldier stands at the Taji base complex which hosts Iraqi and US troops and is located thirty kilometres north of the capital Baghdad.
The Netherlands will pay compensation to a civilian survivor of a 2015 air strike on Iraq by Dutch forces fighting Daesh, the defence ministry said.
Basim Razzo, who lost his wife, daughter, brother and nephew in the attack by Dutch F-16s in Mosul in September 2015, will receive nearly one million euros, Dutch broadcaster NOS said.
Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten said in a letter sent to parliament late on Tuesday that she had decided “to proceed with a voluntary offer of compensation for humanitarian reasons.”
The ministry wanted to compensate Razzo for the “enormous human suffering that was inflicted on him and the material damage he suffered,” she said.
The payment did not mean that the Netherlands accepted responsibility for the incident, said Bijleveld-Schouten, adding that there had not been any “illegal use of force.”
The letter did not reveal the amount of compensation, partly at Razzo’s demand, she added.
The Dutch military said it had bombed a house were Daesh extremists were believed to be located but later said that the information had been incorrect and that it was a civilian dwelling.
Dozens of Iraqi civilians are seeking compensation in a separate case against the Netherlands over an air strike in Hawija in 2015 in which 70 people were killed.
The killing of Quds Force commander Major General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on Friday was the most dramatic escalation yet in spiralling tensions between Iran and the United States, which pledged to send more troops to the region — even as President Donald Trump insisted he did not want war.
Thousands of supporters of Iraqi armed factions close to Iran had massed at the embassy on Tuesday in outrage over US air strikes that killed 25 pro-Iran fighters at the weekend.
The leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, also called for de-escalation, and urged Britain to "stand up to the belligerent actions and rhetoric coming from the United States."
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