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US-led campaign against IS in Iraq, Syria killed 352 civilians: Pentagon

According to the Pentagon, 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 201

IANS  |  Washington 

Smoke rises as Iraqi security forces deploy inside Mosul's international airport, Iraq. Photo: PTI
File photo of Mosul's international airport, Iraq. Photo: PTI

The said on Sunday that at least 352 civilians were killed as a result of the US-led campaign against the (IS) in Iraq and Syria from August 2014 to March 2017.

In its monthly report of the assessment of civilian casualties, the said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths, Xinhua news agency reported.

According to the Pentagon, 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 2017.

In addition, the military reported 80 civilian deaths from August 2014 to the present which was not previously announced.

"Although the coalition takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimises the risk of civilian casualties, in some incidents casualties are unavoidable," said the

The Pentagon's figures contradict the assessment by London-based Amnesty International, which estimated that about 300 civilians have been killed in 11 coalition air strikes in Syria alone.

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