484 civilians or more killed in USA-led strikes in Iraq & Syria484 civilians or more killed in USA-led strikes in Iraq & Syria
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484 civilians or more killed in USA-led strikes in Iraq & Syria

  • At least 484 civilians have likely been killed in United States (US)-led coalition strikes against Islamic State(IS) militants in Iraqand Syriasince the operation began in 2014, the US military said in a statement on Friday, in its monthly update of the total.

    The US-led coalition figure, which is lower than estimates by non-governmental groups, such as Air Wars, represents an increase of 132 civilian deaths over its previous report released on April 30.

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    The coalition has denied loosening standards meant to protect civilians and blamed the growing total partly on an increasing pace of operations in dense, urban terrain.

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