USA military killed almost 500 civilians in 2017, Pentagon says

USA military killed almost 500 civilians in 2017, Pentagon says

USA military killed almost 500 civilians in 2017, Pentagon says

According to the coalition's statistics, 883 civilians had been killed by its strikes since its operation started in 2014.

"The Department of Defense (DoD) assesses that there are credible reports of approximately 499 civilians killed and approximately 169 civilians injured during 2017", the report said, noting military operations against Daesh terror group in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, and against Taliban in Afghanistan and al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Trump also placed thousands more troops on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with an indefinite military presence in Syria.

"NGO reports of strikes attributed to the USA military, particularly their identification of civilian deaths, may be further complicated by the deliberate spread of misinformation by some actors, including terrorist organizations", Major Harris said. In Iraq and Syria, 39,577 bombs were released in 2017, up from 30,743 in 2016.

The report was delivered under a mandate signed into effect by executive order by then-President Barack Obama in 2016. This year's report was originally due for publication in early May, but was delayed for unknown reasons.

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At least 12 civilians - members of the same family - have been killed in US-led coalition raids on the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, a monitor said Saturday. Obama called his use of drone warfare "exceptionally surgical and precise", while Trump described his airstrikes on Syria this April as "perfectly executed".

The report asserted that "although civilian casualties are a tragic and unavoidable part of war, no force in history has been more committed to limiting harm to civilians than the US military". The Pentagon report shrugs off civilian casualties, calling them an unavoidable outcome of war.

The coalition said Friday its airstrikes in Syria and Iraq had "unintentionally" killed 892 civilians since its bombing campaign began almost four years ago.

Human rights advocates are calling the Pentagon's newly released figures on civilian casualties during President Donald Trump's first year in office a massive under-count that belies the true scale of carnage and reveals an absence of meaningful investigations into reported deaths.

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