The building’s owner was a businessman beloved in the neighborhood for his generosity to the displaced.
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After an American airstrike killed more than 100 Iraqi civilians in a house in the western part of Mosul in March, U.S. officials suggested Daesh (ISIS) was to blame for the horrific toll, saying militants may have crammed the building with people, booby-trapped it with explosives, then lured in an airstrike by firing from the roof.The building's owner, Tayseer Abu Tawfiq, was a businessman beloved in the neighborhood for his generosity to the displaced. Whoever showed up, he squeezed into his house, alongside his own 14-member family – well over 100 people. UNDER THE RUBBLE Zanoun ended up at the house after Daesh militants drove him, his three brothers and their families out of their homes in the nearby Ammel district. For a week, they bounced from house to house, at one point ending up together in one house. The neighborhood where the Abu Tawfiq home was located was home to many of these Saddamists-turned-Daesh fighters.He survived, along with his wife and son, though Ibrahim's leg was badly burned and had to be amputated. A five-member family staying at their home was killed.
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