WASHINGTON, In the month of March, the US-led coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) carried over 522 open reports of “possible civilian casualties from previous months and received 122 new reports resulting from Coalition strikes (artillery or air) in support of partner force operations to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria,” a report showed Thursday.
US Central Command (CENTCOM) indicated that during this period, the Coalition completed the assessment of 49, out of which “46 were assessed to be non-credible, none were assessed to be duplicates of previous reports, and three were assessed to be credible, resulting in 28 unintentional civilian deaths.” It added that to date, based on information available, it is assessed that “at least 883 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve,” whereas a total of 475 reports “are still open.” According to the report, the Coalition conducted a total of 29,307 strikes between August 2014 and end of March 2018.
During this period, the total number of reports of “possible civilian casualties” was 2,136, and the total number of “credible reports of civilian casualties” during this time period was 227.
“The investigation assessed that although all feasible precautions were taken and the decision to strike complied with the law of armed conflict, unintended civilian casualties unfortunately occurred,” CENTCOM noted.
Source: Kuwait News Agency