Pentagon: 45 civilians killed by coalition strikes
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.