Coalition: At Least 352 Civilians Unintentionally Killed By Strikes In Iraq, Syria
U.S. led-Coalition Forces said at least 352 civilians have been “unintentionally” killed by Coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since the operation began against Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014.
The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) released its civilian casualty.
“We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives resulting from Coalition efforts to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes,” the report read.
The Coalition carried out over 43 reports of civilian casualties during the month of March, the report added. It received 27 new reports and has completed the assessment on 28 reports.
According to the report, seventeen of the reports were assessed to be “non-credible” while nine others were assessed to be credible. Two of the reports were duplicates of previous reports, the coalition added.
“A total of 42 reports are still open and being assessed at the end of the month,” the CJTF-OIR said. “Coalition strikes are defined as ground artillery or air strikes conducted as part of the Coalition Air Tasking Order.”
The Coalition forces have carried out a total of 20,205 air raids included 42,089 separate engagements against the ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria since August 2014.
The Coalition has received 396 reports of civilian casualties as a result of the airstrikes during the period, the report said. The total number of credible reports during the period was 102.