352 Civilians Killed by US-led Strikes on IS

352 Civilians Killed by US-led Strikes on IS352 Civilians Killed by US-led Strikes on IS

At least 352 civilians have been killed in US-led strikes against the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the US military said in a statement on Sunday.

The Combined Joint Taskforce, in its monthly assessment of civilian casualties from the US coalition’s operations against the militant group, said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths, Reuters reported.

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 killed in a strike on IS 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.

Caption: Smoke billowing over the Iraqi town of Bashiqa after an airstrike in November 2016. (File Photo)


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