The United States airstrikes against Daesh Takfiri terrorists have led to death of civilians in Iraq and Syria, the US military admits.
The Pentagon made the announcement on Wednesday, putting the number of civilian casualties at 119, way fewer than the figures posited by monitoring groups.
The US military command in the Middle East (Centcom) said all the casualties were from 24 airstrikes only.
“We have teams who work full time to prevent unintended civilian casualties,” Colonel John Thomas was quoted as saying in the Centcom statement. “We do all we can to minimize those occurrences even at the cost of sometimes missing the chance to strike valid targets in real time.”
He further claimed that “in each of these strikes the right processes were followed; each complied with Law of Armed Conflict and significant precautions were taken, despite the unfortunate outcome.”
The announcement ran counter to the US accusations against Moscow, alleging that the…