US Says Its Syria Airstrikes May Have Killed Civilians
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday evening that Syrian civilians may be among the casualties of recent US airstrikes meant allegedly to target Daesh (ISIL) members.
US Central Command said strikes on Sept. 7, 10 and 12 may have unintentionally resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians, but did not disclose how many people may have been affected.
"In a strike on Sep. 7, near Dayz Az Zawr, Syria, on a Daesh target, what appeared to be a non-military vehicle drove into the target area after the weapon was released from the aircraft. In a different strike on Sep. 10, near Raqqah, Syria, a strike against a Daesh target may have resulted in the death of civilians near where the strike occurred," Central Command said in a statement reported by the Washington Times.
"In a third strike instance on Sep. 12, near Ash Shaddadah, Syria, during a strike against a Daesh target, what appeared to be a non-military vehicle drove into the target area after the weapon was released from the aircraft."
CENTCOM claimed despite its measures to avoid hitting non-military targets, casualties are inevitable, but the US Defense Department vowed to investigate the strikes to avoid future civilian casualties.