International coalition says 892 civilians killed in Iraq, Syria operations

Aftermath of an airstrike by U.S.-led coalition jets in Mosul.

Baghdad ( Operations by the U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State have killed 892 civilians since it started its offensives in 2014, the United States Central Command said.

The Coalition conducted a total of 29,358 strikes between August 2014 and end of April 2018. During this period, based on information available, CJTF-OIR assesses at least 892 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve”.

Late April, the coalition announced it had ended its land operations in Iraq, shifting to training and consultancy roles backing the Iraqi forces.

The Iraqi government declared last december that its operations, backed by the coalition, managed to retake all areas occupied by IS militants since 2014.

Syria, meanwhile, has been roiled by internal conflict since 2011. U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish troops, and Russian-backed Syrian government forces have recaptured the Islamic State’s and other extremists’ main bases in the country, and remnant militant groups there have been evacuated from their latest bastions as part of agreements with Syrian forces sponsored by Russia.


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