US-led coalition killed 229 civilians in Syria and Iraq since 2014

Locals help Iraqi civil defence force members recover bodies from a home destroyed in US-led bombing of the al-Jadida neighbourhood of Mosul on March 24, 2017. Photo: TNS

At a time of growing concern about civilian casualties in Iraq, the US-led coalition issued a report Saturday that says at least 229 civilians likely have been killed by coalition strikes there and in Syria since Operation Inherent Resolve began nearly three years ago, CNN reported.

The number could grow significantly if an investigation into airstrikes on a neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq, in mid-March finds the operation unintentionally killed scores of residents, according to CNN.

The head of Iraqi civil forces working at the Mosul site told CNN earlier this week that 141 bodies have been recovered.

The US military is conducting a formal review of the strikes, added CNN.

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