US claims 229 civilian deaths by coalition airstrikes since 2014

The US military’s Central Command has announced that US-led coalition air strikes against foreign-backed Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in Iraq and Syria have “unintentionally” killed 229 civilians since such operations began in 2014 amid reports estimating the civilian death toll at nearly 1,500 in March alone.

As of the end of February 2017, “it is more likely than not, at least 229 civilians have been unintentionally killed by coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve” in Iraq and Syria, said a statement released by Centcom, the US military command in the Middle East on Saturday.

The tally, however, does not include civilian fatalities inflicted in March — which may potentially include large numbers of civilians killed in aerial attacks over several days in Mosul’s al-Jadida area.

This is while a UK-based non-profit monitoring group, Airwars, announced that the US-led coalition airstrikes may have already killed 1,484…

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