The US called its strike in Afghanistan a mistake, but that was only because they were caught red-handed. What about the other victims of similar 'mistakes'?
UK watchdog Airwars accounted for at least 22,679 civilian victims of Washington’s so-called ‘war on terror’, while over 370,000 civilians were killed by all parties over two decades.
The coalition's military offensive "directly caused" these killings in 2017 and probably amount to violations of international humanitarian law, says a new joint report by Amnesty International and UK-based monitoring group, Airwars.
The estimate in the monthly report was far lower than the figure provided by monitoring groups, which put the civilian deaths at 5,961.
The coalition says that another 50 civilians were killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria, raising the total number of civilians it has killed to 735 since the conflict began in 2014. The stated tally is far below those of outside organisations.
London-based monitor Airwars estimates that tens of thousands of civilians have been killed by internationally-backed forces since August 2014 in both Iraq & Syria.
The US goal of the "annihilation" of Daesh placed civilians at greater risk of harm. The coalition launched over 23,000 air and artillery strikes in Iraq and Syria since 2014, a London-based war monitor reports.
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