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presstv-‘us downplaying iraq, syria civilian toll’

Scott Rickard, a former American intelligence linguist, believes that US strikes have killed many more civilians in Iraq and Syria than the 362 acknowledged by the Pentagon.“The US government is misrepresenting the actual facts. The facts have remained over and over again that tens of thousands of individuals that are innocent have actually been killed not only in Iraq and Syria but elsewhere. But certainly in Syria alone, it’s well beyond 350 and obviously in Iraq it’s hundreds of thousands,” Rickard told Press TV on Monday.

us-led strikes on civilians in iraq, syria

In this edition of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with its Damascus-based correspondent Mohamad Ali, journalist and political commentator Marwa Osman from Beirut, and Michael Lane, the founder of the American Institute for Foreign Policy in Washington, to discuss a statement made by the US military that says at least 352 civilians have been killed in US-led strikes in Iraq and Syria since 2014.

presstv-us-led coalition mistakenly targets civilians?

A political analyst has cast doubt on the claims by Washington and its allies that the so-called US-led coalition mistakenly targets civilians in Iraq and Syria.“Why do they target civilians? We know that they have excellent intelligence sources. They know everything in any corner of the Arab world. Why do they mistake the targets of Daesh and Takfiris with the civilian people?” Ibrahim Mousawi asked in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday.He described the rising civilian casualties in the US-led airstrikes as an indication that the United States does not “want to defeat Daesh.”“They (the US and its allies) have been using [terrorists] as tools in order to undermine the ... government in Syria and to carry out attacks in Iraq and other places,” Ibrahim Mousawi noted.His comments come agai

presstv-pentagon acknowledges killing 362 civilians

US-led strikes purportedly targeting Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq have led to the deaths of at least 362 civilians since 2014, the Pentagon says.In a statement released on Sunday, the Pentagon said the strikes had resulted in "unintentional" loss of civilian life in the two countries."We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives ... and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes," the statement read. Air Wars, which monitors civilian deaths from international airstrikes in the region, has estimated that more than 3,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq and Syria in the same period.According to the Pentagon, investigations conducted during the month of March reveal that aerial attacks killed 45 civilians, mostly in and aroun

presstv-us claims 229 civilian toll in coalition raids

The US military’s Central Command has announced that US-led coalition air strikes against foreign-backed Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in Iraq and Syria have "unintentionally" killed 229 civilians since such operations began in 2014 amid reports estimating the civilian death toll at nearly 1,500 in March alone.As of the end of February 2017, "it is more likely than not, at least 229 civilians have been unintentionally killed by coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve" in Iraq and Syria, said a statement released by Centcom, the US military command in the Middle East on Saturday.The tally, however, does not include civilian fatalities inflicted in March -- which may potentially include large numbers of civilians killed in aerial attacks over several days in Mosul's al-Jadi

presstv-484 civilians killed in us-led strikes: pentagon

The Pentagon says that US-led military campaign against purported Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq has left 484 civilians dead since mid-2014.“To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR [Combined Joint Task Force] assesses that, it is more likely than not, at least 484 civilians have been unintentionally killed by coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve,” read a report by Operation Inherent Resolve released on Friday.According to the report, a total of 21,035 airstrikes, including 44,330 separate engagements, were carried out against Daesh between August 2014 and April 2017.The report also showed that the total number of dead civilians increased by more than a third as last month’s report acknowledged 352 civilian deaths.In this file photo released by the US A

presstv-us-led strikes kill 60 civilians in eastern syria

At least 60 civilians have lost their lives in fresh airstrikes conducted by the US-led coalition in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr Province, according to Syrian media reports.Syria’s official news agency said that Tuesday’s air raids destroyed homes in several Dayr al-Zawr districts and left scores, mostly women and children, wounded.The strikes came less than 48 hours after the bombardment by the US-led jets of some areas, including a hospital, in the city of Abu Kamal in the same province, which killed 6 civilians and injured 10 others.The US-led coalition has been conducting air raids against what are said to be Daesh positions inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.But the strikes have on many occasions resulted in civilian casua

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

presstv-us strikes kill at least 800 civilians in iraq, syria

The US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh  terrorist group has confirmed that hundreds of people have lost their lives as a result of aerial attacks by the military alliance against the alleged positions of the Takfiri outfit in Iraq and neighboring Syria ever since the campaign began in 2014.The Pentagon, in a statement released on Thursday, stated that at least 801 civilians have been killed between August 2014 and October 2017, noting that five more aerial attacks in Syria have resulted in 15 additional civilian deaths over the past month.The figure provided by the United States Department of Defense is far lower than those announced by monitoring groups.The London-based Airwars organization, which tracks civilian deaths in US-led airstrikes, says a total of at least 5,961 civ

presstv-us-led air raids kill 35 civilians in eastern syria

US-led airstrikes in Syria's oil-reach eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr have killed at least 35 civilians, mostly women and children, a monitoring group says.According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the strikes targeted a series of residential buildings in the town of Mayadin on Thursday.It said the dead included "at least 26 relatives of Daesh" militants, "many of them women and children, including Syrians and Moroccans.""The other nine are Syrian civilians and include five children," the monitoring group added.The attacks bring the death toll left by two days of coalition air raids on Mayadin to 50, after 15 people lost their lives in US-led strikes on the town on Wednesday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which mostly advocates anti-government forces in th

presstv-us-led air raids kill 35 civilians in eastern syria

US-led airstrikes in Syria's oil-rich eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr have killed at least 35 civilians, mostly women and children, a monitoring group says.According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the strikes targeted a series of residential buildings in the town of Mayadin on Thursday.It said the dead included "at least 26 relatives of Daesh" militants, "many of them women and children, including Syrians and Moroccans.""The other nine are Syrian civilians and include five children," the monitoring group added.The attacks bring the death toll left by two days of coalition air raids on Mayadin to 50, after 15 people lost their lives in US-led strikes on the town on Wednesday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which mostly advocates anti-government forces in the

presstv-‘us does not care about civilian casualties’

The United States’ drone strikes have left staggering numbers of civilians slaughtered and “it is hard to believe that this is accidental or incidental,” says a commentator.“The US military barely even pretends to care about civilian casualties,” John Steppling told Press TV on Tuesday.The death toll of civilians of US drone attacks in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan may be intentional as a way to foment confrontation with Russia, the author and commentator noted.At least 60 civilians have lost their lives in fresh airstrikes conducted by the US-led coalition in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr Province, according to Syrian media reports.

presstv-us coalition admits killing 50 civilians in iraq, syria

The US-led coalition has confirmed that it killed 50 civilians during its airstrikes against what it called Daesh positions in Iraq and Syria in August.The coalition released the figure in a Friday statement, saying the casualties were from 14 incidents.The statement claimed that the total number of civilians it has killed in both countries has reached 735 since it began airstrikes there in 2014.The reported estimate of civilian deaths comes as independent monitors have time and again challenged such reports and revealed that the US-led military campaign has significantly inflicted more civilian casualties.Airwars, a UK-based non-profit monitoring group, says at least 5,486 civilians have been killed by coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria over the past three years.Smoke billows after a

russian air strikes kill 14 civilians in eastern syria: monitor

Russian air strikes killed 14 civilians as they were crossing the Euphrates river near the jihadist-held town of Mayadeen in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said today."They were crossing the river on makeshift rafts in a village south of Mayadeen," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said, adding that three children were among those killed overnight.Russia has in recent days intensified its air raids in support of Syrian regime forces battling jihadists across the country.Abdel Rahman said the civilians were fleeing the village of Mahkan, south of Mayadeen, which lies about 420 kilometres east of Damascus and is one of the Islamic State group's main remaining bastions.Mayadeen has been under IS control since 2014, when the group swept across swathes of Iraq and S

us-led strikes kill 35 civilians in east syria: monitor

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Beirut  May 26, 2017 Last Updated at 03:32 IST

presstv-‘13 civilians killed in coalition raids on raqqah’

At least 13 civilians, including children and women, have been killed in the Syrian city of Raqqah in airstrikes by the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh, a monitoring group says.The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that the victims had been killed in US-led airstrikes conducted during the past 24 hours.The US and its allies have been bombarding what they say are Daesh positions inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.However, the strikes have on many occasions resulted in civilian casualties. The coalition bombing campaign has also failed to fulfill its declared aim of degrading and destroying Daesh.On August 4, a report released by the US-led coalition said that its airstrikes against

presstv-us-led coalition strikes kill 9 civilians in raqqah

A pro-opposition monitoring group says at least nine civilians have been killed in airstrikes by the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in Syria.The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the air raids hit the Albu Saraya alley in the Old City of Raqqah. The report said tens of civilians were also injured.The coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh positions inside Syria since September 2014, without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate. The alliance led by Washington has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying Daesh.On Tuesday, at least 60 civilians lost their live

presstv-us strikes in syria, iraq 'devastating' civilians

A UK-based monitoring group has announced that at least 744 civilians have been killed in US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria last month.On Wednesday, Airwars, a London-based independent group of researchers and journalists, stressed that the number of concurrent airstrikes on Raqqah in Syria and Mosul in Iraq was "devastating."  The toll is subsequently higher than the 603 civilians the US military claims were killed since it began its anti-terror operations in the region in 2014.Airwars Director Chris Woods stressed that the US’ goal of "annihilation" of Daesh terrorists is placing civilians at a high level of risk.Airwars noted that between 529 and 744 of the civilians were killed in June, which marks a 50-percent increase from the previous month's tally. "While it was always predicted that

presstv-us use of phosphorus endangers civilians: hrw

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that the use of white phosphorus by a US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh endangers the lives of civilians in Syria and Iraq regardless of the weapons’ means of delivery.“No matter how white phosphorus is used, it poses a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like [Syria’s] Raqqah and [Iraq’s] Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians,” Steve Goose, the arms director at the HRW, said on Wednesday.He further called on the US-led coalition to “take all feasible precautions to minimize civilian harm when using white phosphorus in Iraq and Syria.”Almost a week ago, videos were posted online, appearing to show US-led coalition bombers using white phosphorus-loaded munitions in densely-populated areas in Syria a

presstv-600 civilians killed in us-led strikes: pentagon

The Pentagon says the US-led coalition airstrikes against purported Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq have killed over 600 civilians since 2014.The US Department of Defense said in a report on Friday that a total of 603 civilian lives had been lost between August 2014 and May 2017, with nearly half of all those deaths occurring in or near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the last remaining stronghold of the Takfiri terrorist group in the Arab country.  The Pentagon's estimate of civilian deaths comes as independent monitors have time and again challenged such reports and revealed that the US-led military campaign has significantly inflicted more civilian casualties.Airwars, a UK-based non-profit monitoring group, says at least 4,354 civilians have been killed by coalition air strikes in Ira

presstv-600 civilians killed in us-led strikes: pentagon

The Pentagon says the US-led coalition airstrikes against purported Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq have killed over 600 civilians since 2014.The US Department of Defense said in a report on Friday that a total of 603 civilian lives had been lost between August 2014 and May 2017, with nearly half of all those deaths occurring in or near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the last remaining stronghold of the Takfiri terrorist group in the Arab country.  The Pentagon's estimate of civilian deaths comes as independent monitors have time and again challenged such reports and revealed that the US-led military campaign has significantly inflicted more civilian casualties.Airwars, a UK-based non-profit monitoring group, says at least 4,354 civilians have been killed by coalition air strikes in Ira

presstv-us warplanes kill at least 14 in syria

At least 14 Syrian civilians have been killed and 30 more injured in a US airstrike in the city of Dayr al-Zawr.According to Syrian new sources on Monday, the strike was launched on the government-held region of Qusur."Fourteen civilians were killed and more than 30 others injured in air strikes by coalition planes on the Al-Qusor neighborhood in Dayr al-Zawr city," one of the sources said.The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights puts the death toll at around 22 without confirming the origin of the strikes.This file photo shows the aftermath of an airstrike in the Syrian city of Raqqah.The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate

presstv-'us-led strikes killed at least 800 civilians in iraq, syria'

The US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh terrorist group has confirmed that hundreds of people have lost their lives as a result of aerial attacks by the military alliance against the alleged positions of the Takfiri outfit in Iraq and neighboring Syria ever since the campaign began in 2014.The Pentagon, in a statement released on Thursday, stated that at least 801 civilians have been killed between August 2014 and October 2017, noting that five more aerial attacks in Syria have resulted in 15 additional civilian deaths over the past month.The figure provided by the United States Department of Defense is far lower than those announced by monitoring groups.The London-based Airwars organization, which tracks civilian deaths in US-led airstrikes, says a total of at least 5,961 civi

presstv-terrorist bombs, us airstrikes kill scores in syria

Two bombs have exploded in Damascus, with initial reports of at least eight fatalities on a day which saw US airstrikes kill several civilians in and around the Syrian city of Raqqah.State news agency SANA said Saturday the bombs went off near a cemetery in the Bab Masala area of the Syrian capital, leaving 15 others also injured.  The attacks near the Bab al-Saqir cemetery killed "a number of martyrs" and injured other people, it added. Airstrikes suspected to have been conducted by the US killed 28 civilians in and around Raqqah on Saturday, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.The strikes hit a village on the eastern outskirts of the Daesh-held city, leaving four people dead and several others injured. US warplanes also targeted a school in the same area but caused

presstv-roadside bomb blast kills us soldier in iraq

One American soldier from the US-led coalition has been killed and another injured in a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq, the Pentagon says.Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement that the incident took place on Sunday when an improvised explosive device (IED) struck their vehicle, without providing further details.The statement said the names and nationalities of the casualties would be released once their families were notified.The Pentagon also claimed that seven American servicemen had been killed in Iraq in the fight against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group since 2014, including two in the battle to retake the northern city of Mosul.Reports said a French soldier was also killed while reportedly advising local forces in the fight against Daesh last mont

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