Thursday, 21 September 2017

The RAF has killed more than 3,000 IS fighters in Iraq and Syria, Ministry of Defence figures reveal

RAF airstrikes in Syria and Iraq have killed more than 3,000 militants from so-called Islamic State, new Ministry of Defence figures reveal.

Figures to the end of July show an estimated 2,684 fighters were killed in Iraq since bombing began in 2014.

Another 410 died in Syria since airstrikes started in December 2015.

The MoD said there was "no credible evidence" that civilians had died but admitted: "That isn't the same as saying we have not or will not do so."

Airwars, a group which monitors civilian casualties from international airstrikes in the region, said it would be "statistically impossible" for the RAF to carry out hundreds of attacks without killing civilians.
"Air strikes by all parties remain the primary cause of civilian harm in Iraq and Syria," said the group's director, Chris Woods.

"The US, for example, has conceded around one (civilian) death for every 40 of its anti-IS strikes."

US central command controls the bombing campaign against IS. It admitted in June that 484 civilians had died due to coalition airstrikes.

A spike in the number of fighters killed came in the summer, when RAF Typhoons and Tornados joined the coalition and Kurdish effort to liberate Mosul.

Most IS deaths in Syria resulted from strikes in Raqqa, the terrorist group's stronghold.

While Mosul has been reclaimed, IS still controls large areas of eastern Syria and pockets of territory in Iraq.

BBC    News.

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