Airwars, a London-based NGO, said that the coalition strikes moved in 2018 to more densely-populated urban centers with the claim that ISIL controls them, which raised the number of civilian causalities drastically.
The organization’s report, based on media outlets, social media, and other information sources, said that between 3,923 and 6,102 civilians were “likely killed” by air and artillery strikes carried out by the US-led coalition in 2017.
The report indicates that the number of civilian victims is vastly higher than the figure put forward by the US Central Command, which claimed in its most recent public report that around 817 civilians have been killed since the air campaign began in 2014.
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