Pen­tagon: 45 civil­ians killed by coali­tion strikes

Cape Breton Post - - World -

BAGHDAD — In­ves­ti­ga­tions conducted dur­ing the month of March re­veal that U.S.-led coali­tion airstrikes tar­get­ing the Is­lamic State group in Iraq and Syria killed 45 civil­ians, mostly in and around the Iraqi city of Mo­sul, ac­cord­ing to a Pen­tagon state­ment re­leased Sun­day.

In each in­ci­dent, the Pen­tagon said “all fea­si­ble pre­cau­tions were taken,’’ but the strikes still re­sulted in “un­in­ten­tional’’ loss of civil­ian life.

The re­port did not in­clude find­ings from an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a March 17 strike tar­get­ing Is­lamic State group fight­ers in Mo­sul. That strike re­sulted in more than 100 civil­ian deaths, ac­cord­ing to re­ports from res­i­dents. Last month, the U.S. ac­knowl­edged coali­tion planes conducted a strike “at the lo­ca­tion cor­re­spond­ing to al­le­ga­tions of civil­ian ca­su­al­ties,’’ but did not con­firm the re­ports of high civil­ian ca­su­al­ties. Coali­tion of­fi­cials have de­clined to give a time frame as to when the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent will be com­plete.

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