Almost 500 civilians killed in United States military operations in 2017

Casey Dawson
June 3, 2018

"We call on the U.S. government to meaningfully investigate all claims of civilian casualties and to be transparent about who is killed and harmed in U.S. military operations", Daphne Eviatar, director of security with human rights at Amnesty International USA, said.

The document details deaths from USA airstrikes - attacks that increased by the thousands in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia during Trump's first year - as well as ground combat operations.

"Despite the best efforts of US forces, civilian casualties are a tragic but at times unavoidable outcome of combat operations", the Pentagon said, attributing the casualties to the use of human shields and other endangering tactics by Daesh and al-Qaeda in urban areas.

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US military actions killed 499 civilians in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen a year ago, the Pentagon said on Friday in a report that was a month overdue. The civilians were killed in operations around the world, from Somalia to Yemen to Syria.

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After a recent air strike on Syria, President Trump wrote on Twitter that the attack was "perfectly executed" and "mission accomplished". The Pentagon said it hadn't received any credible reports of civilian casualties in the remaining two countries, Libya and Somalia. In Afghanistan, the number of strikes jumped almost quarterfold, to 4,361 in 2017 from 1,337 in 2016.

The Observatory recorded 395 civilians killed across Syria last April, while it counted 400 civilian deaths in April 2011, the first full month of the conflict. In Iraq and Syria, 39,577 bombs were released in 2017, up from 30,743 in 2016.

The Pentagon said that it takes a number of steps to avoid civilian casualties, and to compensate families of civilians killed by American strikes.

A 2016 executive order signed by ex-President Barack Obama, and later enshrined by Congress, mandated that the Defense Department give an annual accounting of the number of civilians killed in USA counterterrorism strikes around the world. The Pentagon report shrugs off civilian casualties, calling them an unavoidable effect of war.

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