Civilians in Syria and Iraq – level 1

03-01-2019 07:00

The USA fights in Syria and Iraq from August 2014 to November 2018. It fights ISIS with air strikes. There are 31,000 strikes in four years.

The US military puts a report online. It says that 8 million Iraqis and Syrians are saved from ISIS. The area of ISIS gets very small.

However, many civilians die in the air strikes. The US military says that 1,139 civilians die. A non-profit company says that 11,637 or more civilians die.

Difficult words: air strike (drop bombs from a plane), military (soldiers), report (a document which tells people about something), civilian (a normal person who does not fight).

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