UK approaching 1,000 strikes milestone in Iraq, Syria

The UK-based activist organization, Stop the War Coalition, says British airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have increased by a whopping 85 percent during the first half of the year, compared to the previous six months.

The organization made the announcement Sunday, based on data released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Data released by the Freedom of Information Act as well as updates on the MoD’s website revealed that 249 strikes were launched from British aircraft and drones between July and December 2015, while 464 strikes were launched in the first six months of 2016.

As of June 30, the UK has carried out a total of 944 air strikes in Iraq and Syria since September 2014.

More than 13,500 strikes have been launched by the US-led coalition, the vast majority of which were carried out by the United States Air Force.

The term ‘airstrike’ can cover a variety of attacks, ranging from a single weapon launched at one target, to multiple weapons…

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