US Admits to additional Civilian Casualties in Air Campaign Against ISIL
IRAQ & SYRIA — The United States military has admitted to five new civilian casualty events caused by the air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria but many independent organizations believe the number to be higher.
AirWars.org, an independent group of journalists and more, has estimated an additional 803 to 1,127 civilians have been killed in airstrikes preformed as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.
“The latest US admission is particularly welcome,” said Chris Woods, director of AirWars in a press release.
“Three of the five casualty events disclosed by CENTCOM today were never picked up at the time by local media or NGOs,” Woods said, adding that the admission indicates, “ that internal monitoring by Coalition partners can be effective.”
However, many monitoring groups report that the US is underestimating the number of civilian’s actually killed and have identified more casualties, including eight children, according to Woods.
As of December 15, the total cost of the Coalition campaign is $5.53 billion with the average daily cost being $11 million, according to the Department of Defense.