[News] US-Led Coalition Kills over 1, 000 Civilians in Iraq and Syria

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  US-Led Coalition Kills over 1,000 Civilians in Iraq and Syria

Since August 2014, the U.S. and its allies have carried out more than 
10,800 airstrikes, but only admitted to killing up to 21 civilians.

The U.S.-led air campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and 
Syria has likely killed more than 1,000 civilians over the last 18 
months, according to figures released Wednesday by a monitoring group.

Since August 2014, the U.S.-led coalition has carried out more 10,800 
airstrikes, with coalition officials claiming to have killed more than 
25,000 militants. However, according to the group Airwars, those strikes 
have exacted a high civilian toll, with somewhere between 1,000 and 
1,400 civilians having “likely” been killed, inits assessment, and as 
many as 2,961 civilians alleged to have died.

The U.S. has admitted to killing as many as 21 civilians. Its 11 allies 
in the coalition have not admitted to killing any civilians.

Chris Woods, director of Airwars and a former BBC journalist, told 
teleSUR earlier this year that “the U.S. and its allies are still 
majorly under-reporting the numbers of civilians they are killing.”

More than 500 civilians have been “credibly reported killed” in Iraq by 
the U.S.-led coalition, which includes France, Britain, Australia, 
Denmark, Belgium, Canada and the Netherlands.

In Syria, there has been an average of four alleged civilian casualty 
events every week, according to Airwars, and 22 in February 2016 alone, 
which the group says “may be linked to less restrictive rules of 
engagement.” In total, “between 504 and 697 civilians are likely to have 
been killed in coalition airstrikes.”

Russia, meanwhile, “is likely to have killed four times that number in 
just five months,” according to Airwars' analysis. Like 11 of 12 members 
of the U.S.-led coalition, Russia denies killing any innocents.

Kinda Haddad, Airwars lead researcher for Syria, said all the countries 
bombing Syria are aiding extremism.

“As long as we give Middle Eastern lives less value than our own, we 
will keep on feeding the hatred and suspicion that nihilistic groups 
like ISIS capitalize on to recruit the young and vulnerable,” she said.

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