U.S. Military Confirms Airstrikes Kill 11 Civilians In Iraq, Syria
As a result of airstrikes conducted by the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, eleven civilians were killed between Oct. 25 and Dec. 9, the U.S. military said on Thursday (February 2).
Seven of those civilians were killed on Dec. 7 in an airstrike that hit a building with ISIS militants inside near Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate.
"Although the Coalition takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk to civilian casualties, in some incidents casualties are unavoidable,” the U.S. military said in a statement.
A total of 199 civilians have been killed since the start of the air campaign by the anti-ISIS coalition in 2014, far lower than estimates provided by monitoring groups, according to the military statement.
U.S.-led Coalition forces launched a total of more than 17,861 strikes – 10,993 of which were conducted in Iraq and the other 6,868 in Syria, the military statement added.
The air campaign has cost the U.S.-led coalition $10.9 billion at an average daily cost of $12.5 million.