A Dutch F-16 fighter pilot who bombed a civilian home in Iraq thought to be an ISIS car bomb factory said he has been grappling with causing the deaths of at least four civilians on September 20, 2015.
The pilot, who goes by the pseudonym "Stefan," recounted the events surrounding his bombing mission to two Netherlands-based journalists, Olof Van Joolen and Silvan Schoonhoven, in the De Telegraaf.
"I was the mission commander, I'd done all the planning," he said in De Telegraaf. "Everything until the debriefing was successful."
A Royal Netherlands F-16 Fighting Falcon scored a direct hit on itself in January, according to Dutch state broadcaster NOS.
During a training exercise involving two F-16's over the island of Vlieland on Jan. 21, one pilot opened fire with the Vulcan cannon and found "at least one fired cartridge caused damage" to the plane's exterior and engine, NOS wrote.
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