Led coalition strikes killed at least 801 civilians, Pentagon says

01 Décembre, 2017, 02:52 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Led coalition strikes killed at least 801 civilians, Pentagon says

At least 800 civilians were killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State, since the campaign began in 2014, reported the coalition.

"To date, based on information available, [the coalition] assesses at least 801 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve [in 2014]", Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in statement on Thursday. The coalition says it has been able to confirm only five of those reports as credible, adding that the strikes resulted in 15 unintentional civilian deaths.

In June, Amnesty International released a report, criticizing the action of the U.S. coalition in Mosul, Iraq. The figures are in the coalition's monthly civilian casualty report, which it released on Thursday.

"Although the coalition takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, in some incidents casualties are unavoidable", the coalition said.

As the USA and its allies have reclaimed territory from ISIS and fought the group's militants in concentrated areas, they have faced a group that seeks to use civilians as human shields.

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In September, Human Rights Watch, which also monitors U.S. coalition actions, said strikes that killed civilians in Syria "instilled fear and pushed many to flee".

Monitoring groups say the number of civilian casualties from airstrikes in the fight against Daesh is far higher.

The casualty report mentions the Airwars group hundreds of times.

Another four of the allegations were deemed to be duplicates of previous reports.

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