May 27, 2018

UK Defense Ministry Acknowledges Civilian Casualties in Syria Airstrike in March

05 May 2018, 06:14 | Simon Arnold

Breaking: US goes to war in Syria

The Latest: Iran vows response to alleged Israeli strikes

The motorcyclist, whose identity is not known, was killed in the blast in eastern Syria on March 26 along with the suspected militants.

ISIS has retained a presence in a few areas of the country, including in the eastern oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor near the border with Iraq.

In the first three months of 2018 United Kingdom drones fired as many weapons in Syria as they have done over the previous 18 months.

Previously, the UK's most senior general in Iraq has spoken out about the realities of war, saying civilian deaths are "the price you have to pay" for defeating extremists.

He told MEE: "UK drone strikes have hugely intensified in Syria since January".

It said that RAF has carried out more than 1,600 aerial attacks in Iraq and Syria, second only to the US.

It has also has prompted a warning from Labour of the dangers of striking targets "with high levels of civilian activity nearby".

The MoD had long maintained there was "no evidence" that more than 1,600 strikes since 2015 had caused harm to civilians, in the face of criticism and disbelief from rights and monitoring groups.

At least 23 civilians, including ten children, were killed in airstrikes on a village held by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria on Tuesday, a war monitor reported.

"Aggression of the Zionist entity against the presence of our military advisers in Syria gives us the right to respond at the appropriate place and time", Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliament's national security committee, said in the first direct response from Tehran to Sunday's strikes.

"We do everything we can to minimize the risk to civilian life from the UK strikes through our rigorous targeting processes and the professionalism of UK Service personnel".

The source said it was "impossible" to carry out bombing campaigns in densely populated areas like Mosul and Raqqa with civilians being killed.

That increased the overall death toll of non-fighters killed in coalition strikes since 2014 in both countries to at least 883. "We hope the United Kingdom will now properly investigate the hundreds of additional potential civilian harm events its aircraft have recently been implicated in".

In a statement, task force officials said that during a news conference, officials confirmed the SDF will return to offensive operations against ISIS in the middle Euphrates River valley.

Belgium, Denmark, France, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Turkey all still claim flawless bombing records, alongside Russia, Iran and Israel, according to campaign group Airwars.

Chris Woods of Airwars said: "It's simply fanciful to claim no civilians have been harmed by the RAF".

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