MORE CIVIL­IANS DIE IN MIDEAST, GROUP SAYS

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

A non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that tracks civil­ian ca­su­al­ties caused by airstrikes in the Mid­dle East said it has shifted nearly all of its re­sources to track a surge of claims re­gard­ing U.S.-led strikes in Syria and Iraq.

The group, called Air­wars.org, had been track­ing deaths caused by both Rus­sian and U.S. airstrikes but said in a state­ment Fri­day that it was sus­pend­ing its work on “al­leged Rus­sian ac­tions in Syria — so as best to fo­cus our lim­ited re­sources on con­tin­u­ing to prop­erly mon­i­tor and as­sess re­ported ca­su­al­ties from the U.S. and its al­lies.

“Al­most 1,000 civil­ian non­com­bat­ant deaths have al­ready been al­leged from coali­tion ac­tions across Iraq and Syria in March — a record claim,” the state­ment said. “These re­ported ca­su­alty lev­els are com­pa­ra­ble with some of the worst pe­ri­ods of Rus­sian ac­tiv­ity in Syria.”

In the last week, three mass ca­su­alty in­ci­dents have been at­trib­uted to U.S.-led forces in Iraq and Syria.

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