The US-led coalition falsifies the true number of civilian deaths, caused by its airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. By publishing false casualty figures, US army insists to show itself clean-handed.
“To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR assesses at least 817 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve. A total of 603 reports are still open,” a statement published on Thursday by Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) read.
CJTF-OIR Monthly Civilian Casualty Reporthttps://t.co/cugDKD1a6l
— Inherent Resolve (@CJTFOIR) December 28, 2017
Although the reports show much higher numbers of the casualty, the US-led authority rejected all the reports fir what it claimed as “insufficient evidence”. Some of them were also denied because they did not match the time and geographical frames of strikes conducted by Coalition bombers.
More than thousands of civilians were slain in the fierce and bloody assaults on the cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria earlier this year. Since Operation Inherent Resolve began in August 2014, the coalition led 28,562 strikes, consisting of 57,336 separate engagements.
“Despite a string of successes by Iraqi Security Forces and Syrian Democratic Forces, much work remains to ensure the enduring defeat of Daesh,” says the statement.
There are some reports from Associated Press investigations which reveals that US has underestimated the real casualty numbers. Based on data from local morgues and NGOs and according to the reports, 3,200 civilians were killed in the 9-month battle, while the Coalition confirmed only 326. The number goes higher if the period is expanded to the start of US operation.