"(The Department of Defense) assesses that there are credible reports of approximately 499 civilians killed and approximately 169 civilians injured during 2017" as a result of military operations in Iraq and Syria targeting ISIS, operations in Afghanistan targeting the Taliban and ISIS, and operations in Yemen against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS, the report said.
It was the first time the Pentagon released figures for civilian casualties caused by USA military ground and air operations around the world in response to a new requirement by Congress for 2018.
It was the first time ever Pentagon released figures for civilian casualties caused by US military operations.
In the report, it has been pointed out that Pentagon had no credible reports of civilian casualties from Libya and Somalia.
According to the coalition's statistics, 883 civilians had been killed by its strikes since its operation started in 2014.
Across Iraq and Syria, casualty incidents tied to likely Coalition strikes more than tripled compared to the year before.
The Pentagon estimates that almost 500 civilians were killed by USA military actions in President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump tells Trudeau on NAFTA: US will agree to fair deal or "no deal at all" Dem senator suggests Trump "sending a message to witnesses" with pardons Kim Jong Un hasn't changed his stance on denuclearization: report MORE's first year as commander-in-chief, CNN reported.
After a recent air strike on Syria, President Trump wrote on Twitter that the attack was "perfectly executed" and "mission accomplished".
Contributing to the inaccurate picture of civilian deaths is the Pentagon's failure to actually investigate claims of such casualties, says Daphne Eviatar, director of security with human rights at Amnesty International USA. 4,361 bombs were dropped in Afghanistan in 2017, compared to 1,337 in 2016. The Pentagon report shrugs off civilian casualties, calling them an unavoidable outcome of war.
The announcement was made in an annual report released by the Pentagon yesterday, a month after it was due, and includes casualties in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen. But data compiled by Airwars, a nonprofit that tracks reports of civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria, showed a far higher number - 6,259 since the start of the war.