US-led coalition killed 1,600 civilians in Syria's Raqqa, monitors say

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The U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in the northern Syria city of Raqqa during months of bombardment that liberated it from the Daesh terror group, far more than the number announced earlier by the U.S.-led coalition, Amnesty International and a London-based watchdog group said Thursday, Turkish media reports.


Amnesty and Airwars said the toll came after the "most comprehensive investigation into civilian deaths in a modern conflict."

The U.S.-led coalition said last month that 1,257 civilians were killed in airstrikes against Daesh over four years in Syria and Iraq.

"We continue to employ thorough and deliberate targeting and strike processes to minimize the impact of our operations on civilian populations and infrastructure," the coalition said.

Raqqa was the de facto capital of Daesh's self-declared caliphate, which once encompassed a third of Syria and Iraq. Last month, Daesh lost the last area it controlled in eastern Syria marking the end of the so-called caliphate.

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella organization dominated by the PKK terror group's Syrian offshoot the People's Protection Units (YPG), captured Raqqa in October 2017 after a four-month campaign.

The U.N estimates that more than 10,000 buildings were destroyed or 80 percent of the city.

"Coalition forces razed Raqqa, but they cannot erase the truth. Amnesty International and Airwars call upon the Coalition forces to end their denial about the shocking scale of civilian deaths and destruction caused by their offensive in Raqqa," the two groups said in a joint statement.

In June last year, an Amnesty International report said hundreds of civilians were killed in Raqqa, while the Airwars said it has evidence of 1,400 fatalities.

The statement said Amnesty International's innovative "Strike Trackers" project also identified when each of the more than 11,000 destroyed buildings in Raqqa was hit. More than 3,000 digital activists in 124 countries took part, analyzing a total of more than 2 million satellite image frames, it said.

"The Coalition needs to fully investigate what went wrong at Raqqa and learn from those lessons, to prevent inflicting such tremendous suffering on civilians caught in future military operations," said Chris Woods, Director of Airwars.



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US-led coalition killed 1,600 civilians in Syria's Raqqa, monitors say

2019/04/645x344-us-led-coalition-killed-1600-civilians-in-syrias-raqqa-monitors-say-1556212646114-1556227767.jpg
Read: 759     09:15     26 April 2019    

The U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in the northern Syria city of Raqqa during months of bombardment that liberated it from the Daesh terror group, far more than the number announced earlier by the U.S.-led coalition, Amnesty International and a London-based watchdog group said Thursday, Turkish media reports.


Amnesty and Airwars said the toll came after the "most comprehensive investigation into civilian deaths in a modern conflict."

The U.S.-led coalition said last month that 1,257 civilians were killed in airstrikes against Daesh over four years in Syria and Iraq.

"We continue to employ thorough and deliberate targeting and strike processes to minimize the impact of our operations on civilian populations and infrastructure," the coalition said.

Raqqa was the de facto capital of Daesh's self-declared caliphate, which once encompassed a third of Syria and Iraq. Last month, Daesh lost the last area it controlled in eastern Syria marking the end of the so-called caliphate.

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella organization dominated by the PKK terror group's Syrian offshoot the People's Protection Units (YPG), captured Raqqa in October 2017 after a four-month campaign.

The U.N estimates that more than 10,000 buildings were destroyed or 80 percent of the city.

"Coalition forces razed Raqqa, but they cannot erase the truth. Amnesty International and Airwars call upon the Coalition forces to end their denial about the shocking scale of civilian deaths and destruction caused by their offensive in Raqqa," the two groups said in a joint statement.

In June last year, an Amnesty International report said hundreds of civilians were killed in Raqqa, while the Airwars said it has evidence of 1,400 fatalities.

The statement said Amnesty International's innovative "Strike Trackers" project also identified when each of the more than 11,000 destroyed buildings in Raqqa was hit. More than 3,000 digital activists in 124 countries took part, analyzing a total of more than 2 million satellite image frames, it said.

"The Coalition needs to fully investigate what went wrong at Raqqa and learn from those lessons, to prevent inflicting such tremendous suffering on civilians caught in future military operations," said Chris Woods, Director of Airwars.



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