Iraqi Sunni men presented as former jihadists fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS) group who defected to join Iraq government forces take position in Amriyat al-Fallujah, in Iraq's Anbar province, on May 26, 2015. Iraqi forces took up positions on the southern outskirts of Ramadi, officials said, taking two neighbourhoods and moving into Anbar university. Army and police forces as well as allied paramilitaries clashed with IS fighters to take full control of Taesh and Humeyrah, an army colonel said. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI        (Photo credit should read HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Hundreds of civilians killed by coalition air strikes against Isil in Syria and Iraq

International coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria are believed to have killed more than 400 civilians, according to a new report.

For a year now, the US-led air campaign has tried to halt the spread of Islamist militancy through the two countries, targeting thousands of positions linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and the Khorasan group, a smaller network affiliated with al-Qaeda that officials say is plotting attacks against Europe and the United States.

According to new research, the attacks have also claimed the lives of at least 459 civilians to date. In the report released on Monday, Airwars, a research project tracking the international fight against Isil, identify 57 separate incidents in which there is publicly available evidence to suggest that coalition bombs killed non-combatants without links to the extremists.

  • BillyHW

    459? I reckon plague would be much more cost efficient.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Nice VZ-58….

  • mobuyus

    The deaths in close proximity to the Goat humpers may well have been deserved and may even have been a mercy for those under the direct yolk of these islamic clowns. You can’t stop a war because camp followers may become uncomfortable.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    How do we know they were civilians again?
    Other than what the terrorists said, and I’m not inclined to believe them.
    I’m also not inclined to really care all that much about civilians that get killed because they are hanging arround terrorists either, especially the family members of ISIS terrorists.
    No, my enlightened attitude is that is you tolerate or even support Islamic terrorists, and you enjoy their company, then you are also the enemy.

    • mobuyus

      They shall enter the abyss with the mascots of their choice.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    And if we look at the report, and those that compiled it, we realize that this is just another anti-west/anti-American piece of propaganda.

    From the report:
    “In particular we would like to thank the Syrian Network for Human Rights; the Violations Documentation Center; the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently; and Iraq Body Count, all of which have worked tirelessly to expose not just fatalities from Coalition strikes but also from the far greater carnage still unfolding in Iraq and Syria. We are also grateful to for sharing their ongoing reports of Iraqi fatalities.”

    Yeah, Antiwar is totally unbiased!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Civilians???? OMG! The grinding sound of Obama gnashing his teeth.

  • dukestreet

    Civilians are often casualties of war. If they are hanging out with terrorists, death should be expected. I am surprised the number is so low,but, the number of completed bombing runs has been very low. They should be doing 1000 a day not 3 a week.