Civilians in Syria and Iraq – level 3

03-01-2019 07:00

According to Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the US military’s name for the military intervention against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the US-led coalition strikes led to the unintentional deaths of at least 1,139 civilians.

There were over 31,000 strikes launched between August 2014 and the end of November 2018, and the operation freed nearly 8 million Iraqis and Syrians from ISIS rule. The ISIS-controlled territory reduced to about 1 per cent of what the group had before.

However, Airwars, a non-profit company monitoring civilian harm from air strikes, reports that the number of civilian deaths from US-led coalition actions in Iraq and Syria could be as high as 11,637. That number could still be higher because the agency counts deaths which were deemed confirmed or fair.

Difficult words: intervention (intervening – getting into someone else’s fight), strike (air strike), unintentional (not done on purpose, not wanted), launch (start), harm (danger), coalition (a collection of groups), deem (think to be the case), confirmed (something confirmed happened for sure).

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