1,300 civilians killed in air war on Daesh: US-led coalition

A military plane with the US-backed coalition against Daesh releases a bomb over the embattled village of Baghouz on February 19, 2019 in the northern Syrian Deir Ezzor province. (AFP)
Updated 31 May 2019
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1,300 civilians killed in air war on Daesh: US-led coalition

  • Figure is far lower than the death tolls given by groups which have monitored the conflicts in Syria and Iraq
  • Coalition has repeatedly said it does all it can to avoid civilian deaths

BEIRUT: The US-led coalition said Friday it had unintentionally killed more than 1,300 civilians in air strikes during its fight against the Daesh group in Iraq and Syria since 2014.
The figure is far lower than the death tolls given by groups which have monitored the conflicts in the two countries.
“The coalition conducted 34,502 strikes between August 2014 and the end of April 2019,” it said in a statement.
During this period, it “assesses at least 1,302 civilians have been unintentionally killed by coalition strikes.”
The coalition said it was still assessing 111 additional claims of civilian deaths, and was ready to receive new allegations or fresh evidence to review.
The coalition has repeatedly said it does all it can to avoid civilian deaths.
Airwars, an NGO which monitors civilian casualties from air strikes worldwide, estimates more than 7,900 civilians have been killed in coalition raids — well in excess of the total acknowledged by the coalition.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, says coalition strikes have taken the lives of 3,800 civilians in Syria alone.
Daesh militants seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014, declaring a “caliphate” in areas they controlled.
But several offensives with coalition backing chipped away at the “caliphate” until it was declared eliminated on March 23.
Ambushes and hit-and-run attacks have continued in both countries.
The coalition is continuing to work “to deny Daesh any physical space and influence in the region as well as deny Daesh the resources they need to resurge,” it said, using an Arabic acronym for Daesh.


Turkey’s Erdogan sees Russian S-400s coming from July: NTV

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Turkey’s Erdogan sees Russian S-400s coming from July: NTV

  • “We discussed the S-400 subject with Russia. Indeed the S-400 issue is settled,” he said

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he expected Russian S-400 missile defense systems to start arriving in Turkey in the first half of July, broadcaster NTV reported on Sunday, a development set to fuel tensions with NATO ally Washington.
“We discussed the S-400 subject with Russia. Indeed the S-400 issue is settled,” Erdogan was cited as telling reporters on his plane returning from a visit to Tajikistan. “I think they will start to come in the first half of July.”