The US military released data to the monitoring group Airwars that provides geographic coordinates for publicly confirmed civilian harm events in Iraq and Syria during the US-led war against ISIS. Airwars published an interactive map using the data that details specific events of civilian harm.
The coalition, known as Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), has now conceded to 1,410 civilian deaths in its air campaign against ISIS, although the real total is believed to be much higher.
“We take every allegation of civilian casualties with the utmost sincerity, concern, and diligence; we see the addition of the geolocations as a testament to transparency, and our commitment to working with agencies like Airwars to correctly identify civilian harm incidents,” a former OIR spokesman told Airwars.
Airwars estimates that somewhere between 8,310 to 13,187 civilians have been killed in the anti-ISIS campaign from 2014 to 2020. The deadliest year for confirmed civilian deaths was in 2017 when at least 898 civilians were killed.
Earlier this month, the US military told Military Times that OIR coalition aircraft carried out 34,917 strikes in Iraq and Syria from August 2014 to September 2020.