Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Led Coalition Strikes Civilians in Syria, Leaving Eight Dead

Led Coalition Strikes Civilians in Syria, Leaving Eight Dead

The US-led military coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria released its own report Thursday saying that "at least 892 civilians have been unintentionally killed" as a result of the 29,358 strikes that the coalition has carried out against ISIS targets between August 2014 and the end of April 2018.

The Pentagon said about 499 civilians were killed and about 169 civilians injured, without providing a breakdown of deaths and injuries per country or further details about the victims.

US military actions killed 499 civilians in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen a year ago, the Pentagon said on Friday in a report that was a month overdue.

That number could rise, as "more than 450 reports of civilian casualties from 2017 remained to be assessed". To date, the Coalition has conceded 93 events in which it confirms having killed or injured civilians during 2017-up from 58 such confirmed events for 2016. The report did not include figures from Somalia or Libya, as there were "no credible reports" of civilian casualties there.

During the first year of the Trump presidency, bombing operations in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan were all stepped up.

The Pentagon estimates that almost 500 civilians were killed by USA military actions in President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump tells Trudeau on NAFTA: US will agree to fair deal or "no deal at all" Dem senator suggests Trump "sending a message to witnesses" with pardons Kim Jong Un hasn't changed his stance on denuclearization: report MORE's first year as commander-in-chief, CNN reported. The number of strikes in Syria and Iraq climbed to 39,577 from 30,743 in the same period, according to the Air Forces Central Command.

The report was delivered under a mandate signed into effect by executive order by then-President Barack Obama in 2016. In February, UK-based monitor Airwars said that up to 9,444 civilians had been killed by the coalition.

The report said no casualties were identified as a result of USA operations in Somalia and Libya, but the numbers are subject to change due to ongoing assessment of 450 reports of civilian deaths.

All sides claim they do their utmost to avoid civilian casualties.

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