US: 64 civilians killed in Iraq, Syria strikes in past year

Mideast Syria
FILE - In this file photo released early Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 and provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, rescue workers try to remove a boy stuck in the debris of a building in the neighborhood of Qaterji in rebel-held east Aleppo following an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. The Syrian government has opened a corridor Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of the city of Aleppo. Residents in the besieged area have said many won't go since there are no guarantees that evacuees won't be arrested by government forces (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says 64 civilians were killed and eight were injured in 24 coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the past year, based on newly completed investigations.

U.S. Central Command says the latest totals bring the number of civilians killed in airstrikes in the fight against the Islamic State group to 119, with another 37 injured.

Col. John Thomas, Central Command spokesman, says the investigations concluded that the proper military process was followed in each incident and precautions are always taken to try to avoid any civilian deaths.

The cases announced Wednesday include strikes from last November through September. They don’t include a July airstrike that may have killed 56 civilians near Manbij, Syria, and a September attack that may have killed dozens of Syrian government forces.

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