Pentagon: 352 civilians killed in U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State

At least 352 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria since 2014, the U.S. military said Sunday.

"We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives ... and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes," the Pentagon said in a statement. "All feasible precautions were taken."

The monthly Combined Joint Task Force casualty report for Operation Inherent Resolve said 396 civilian casualties were reported in 20,205 strikes between August 2014 and March 2017.

The CJTF said it was still reviewing 42 reports of civilian deaths, including a March 17 airstrike in Mosul believed to have killed more than 200 civilians.

"It is more likely than not, at least 352 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve," the report said.

Airwars, which monitors civilian casualties from international airstrikes, lists the death toll from coalition attacks in Iraq and Syria at 20,997.

Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, said the military is working to prevent civilian casualties.

"I think the principal way that we are addressing this is by entrusting and enabling our very well-experienced and trained leaders on the ground," he told a congressional hearing in March. "They are the best guard against this."

File photo: Residents carrying bodies of those killed in a U.S.-led airstrikes during fighting between Iraq security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, March 24, 2017. AP Photo/ Felipe Dana



Pentagon says US-led airstrikes against Islamic State have killed 352 civilians

WASHINGTON — At least 352 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement Sunday.

The Combined Joint Task Force, in its monthly assessment of civilian casualties from the U.S. coalition’s operations against the militant group, said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths.

It added that 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 2017. It reported 80 civilian deaths from August 2014 to the present that had not previously been announced. The report included 26 deaths from three separate strikes in March.

The military’s official tally is far below those of other outside groups. Monitoring group Airwars said more than 3,000 civilians have been killed by coalition airstrikes.

Included in Sunday’s tally were 14 civilians killed by a strike in March that set off a secondary explosion, as well as 10 civilians who were killed in a strike on Islamic State headquarters the same month.

“We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives … and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes,” the Pentagon said in a statement.


Pentagon: 352 Civilians Killed in U.S.-led Airstrikes Against ISIS

At least 352 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday.
The Combined Joint Task Force, in its monthly assessment of civilian casualties from the U.S. coalition's operations against the militant group, said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths.
It added that 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 2017. It reported 80 civilian deaths from August 2014 to the present that had not previously been announced. The report included 26 deaths from three separate strikes in March.
The military's official tally is far below those of other outside groups. Monitoring group Airwars said more than 3,000 civilians have been killed by coalition air strikes.
Included in Sunday's tally were 14 civilians killed by a strike in March that set off a secondary explosion, as well as 10 civilians who were killed in a strike on Islamic State headquarters the same month.

"We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives... and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes," the Pentagon said in a statement.

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