Date :Monday, December 31st, 2018 | Time : 11:43 |ID: 82104 | Print

U.S-led coalition admits killing civilians in Syria and Iraq

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SHAFAQNA The U.S. military said in a monthly report on Sunday it has led to killing over 1,100 civilians since it started its military campaign in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

According to a report from Defense One’s Kevin Baron, 1,139 civilians have been inadvertently killed since August 2014, in 31,406 airstrikes.

The report also states 12 were killed in a May 2017 strike on a Mosul bomb-making facility from a secondary explosion. When the Mosul strike happened in May 2017, BBC reported that 105 civilians were killed.

Estimates from other organizations place the civilian death toll in the Middle East exponentially higher than CentCom estimates.

Airwars, a non-profit organization that tracks civilian deaths in Syria, Libya, and Iraq, estimated that between 7,316–11,637 civilians have been killed in Syria and Iraq by US-led actions.

Other reports show similar estimates. The Syrian Network for Human Rights estimated in October that 6,395 civilians have been killed in Syria in 2018 alone, business insider reported.

The US and its allies have been bombarding what they call Daesh positions inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The strikes have on many occasions resulted in civilian casualties and failed to fulfill their declared aim of countering terrorism.

In Iraq, the US and a coalition of its allies launched a military campaign against purported Daesh targets in the country in 2014, but their operations have in many instances led to civilian deaths and generally spared the militants, the Kashmir monitor reported .

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