AFP: No increase in civilian deaths under Trump: US general
A top US Air Force official on Wednesday denied claims that civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria are soaring under President Donald Trump, who has given greater leeway to battlefield commanders.
Airwars, a London-based collective of journalists and researchers that tracks civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria, this week said it has seen numbers jump since Trump came into power.
The group estimates as many as 366 civilians were killed in Iraq and Syria in April alone.
Another Britain-based group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, on Tuesday said US-led air strikes killed 225 civilians in Syria over the past month.
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WNU Editor: The Centcom count (at the end of April) that states that after 3 years only 396 civilians have been killed by the U.S. coalition bombing campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria .... is .... to put it bluntly .... a number that I have trouble believing.