484 civilians killed in US-led strikes in Iraq and Syria: Pentagon

The Pentagon says that US-led military campaign against purported Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq has left 484 civilians dead since mid-2014.

“To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR [Combined Joint Task Force] assesses that, it is more likely than not, at least 484 civilians have been unintentionally killed by coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve,” read a report by Operation Inherent Resolve released on Friday.

According to the report, a total of 21,035 airstrikes, including 44,330 separate engagements, were carried out against Daesh between August 2014 and April 2017.

The report also showed that the total number of dead civilians increased by more than a third as last month’s report acknowledged 352 civilian deaths.

In this file photo released by the US Air Force, fighter jets fly over northern Iraq to carry out airstrikes in Syria.

The increase was mostly the result of an airstrike carried out on March 17…

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