Airstrikes

U.S.-led coalition strikes in Syria kill dozens of civilians

Syria airstrikes
Smoke rises above the city of Daraa, Syria. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

At least 43 people, including 17 children and 12 women, were killed Saturday in U.S.-led airstrikes in the last ISIS-held pocket of eastern Syria, the AP reports.

The big picture: At least 191 civilians have been killed in coalition attacks since Sept. 10, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The coalition claims to do all it can to prevent civilian casualties, but say the problem is exacerbated by ISIS militants that prevent civilians from leaving the area.

More than 1,000 civilians killed by U.S.-led forces in Iraq and Syria

Crew members stand next to a fighter jet.
The USS Harry S. Truman in May, which started air operations for Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

At least 1,061 civilians have been killed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since August 2014 during the fight against ISIS, the coalition reported on Thursday.

The big picture: There are still 216 uncompleted civilian casualty reports that have been received by the coalition, meaning the real count may be higher.

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