Friday, May 31, 2019

US-Led Coalition Claims That Since 2014 1,300 Civilians In Syria And Iraq Have Been Killed From Its Air Campaign

BBC: IS fight: US-led coalition says it killed 1,300 civilians in Syria and Iraq

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group says it has unintentionally killed more than 1,300 civilians in Iraq and Syria since 2014.

In a statement, the coalition said it had carried out 34,502 strikes since its air campaign against IS began there nearly five years ago.

A UK-based monitoring group says the true toll is much higher, estimating up to nearly 13,000 civilian fatalities.

The US-led action began after IS took over huge areas of territory.

It imposed brutal rule over millions of people who fell under its control and has carried out or inspired deadly attacks around the world.

The latest figure provided by the coalition is slightly higher than its previous admission eight months ago of 1,100 civilian deaths. It says it is still assessing 111 more possible cases of civilian fatalities.

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Update #1: US coalition admission of 1,300 civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria (Amnesty International)
Update #2: US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria admits it has unintentionally killed 1,300 civilians in past five years...despite watchdog claiming it's closer to 13,000 (Daily Mail)

WNU Editor: On the other side the Russians are claiming that no civilian casualties have occurred from their bombing .... 'Pragmatically ruthless': Russia's improbable claim it has killed no civilians in Syria (Washington Examiner).