Iraqi parliament speaker concerned over possible US airstrikes that killed at least 100 civilians

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BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq’s parliament speaker has expressed concern over reports of airstrikes that have allegedly killed more than 100 civilians in western Mosul where U.S.-backed government troops are fighting the Islamic State group.

In tweets published on his official account, speaker Salim al-Jabouri said Saturday “we realize the huge responsibility the liberating forces shoulder” and call on them to “spare no effort to save the civilians.” Al-Jabouri is a prominent Sunni Muslim politician in Iraq.

It was unclear who carried out the airstrikes, but on Friday the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria said it was investigating the allegations. Residents reported two airstrikes hitting a residential area on March 13 and 17.

The Iraqi Defense Ministry has provided no immediate comment.

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In an effort to get to the bottom of what makes videos successful on social media, we set out to answer two not-so-simple questions:

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What we found is that there are so many ways to go about it! Video format, length, content, captions, and graphics (to name a few) all play a big part in the success of your video content.

But one stat really stood out to us: Square video (1:1) takes up 78% more real estate in a person’s mobile newsfeed than does landscape video (16:9).

That’s a lot of space! And with mobile content consumption on a dramatic rise, this felt like something we had to get to the bottom of.

So we teamed up with the video experts at Animoto to test (and test again) the hypothesis that square video would perform better across the board on social media than the traditional landscape video.

The results were fascinating!

We’re excited to dig in and share our research with you along with several actionable takeaways for marketers looking to up their video marketing game in 2017.

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