U.S.-led coalition strikes killed 45 civilians in Iraq and Syria: Pentagon

BAGHDAD—Investigations conducted during the month of March reveal that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting Daesh, also known as ISIS or ISIL, 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 Daesh 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.Read more: Weakening Syria’s government could inadvertently help Daesh, report saysArticle Continued BelowFight for Iraq’s Mosul comes at high cost as homes, streets turned to rubbleTurkey threatens more strikes on U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria, IraqCoalition officials have declined to give a time frame as to when the investigation into the incident will be complete.

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