Other, less reliable reports suggest the number could be as high as 1,086, the report said. The toll is dwarfed by that of ISIS, but the Airwars group, which produced the research, alleges that the failure of the United States and other nations to release enough information creates space for the Islamists’ propaganda to grow.
According to Germany’s Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière, some 650 Germans have left the country to join the Islamic State.
The report said the coalition could do a much better job tracking and possibly preventing civilian deaths. “What we are seeing in Iraq and Syria is the coalition is bombing where ISIS is, and that’s in the cities”, Woods told The Guardian. On December 28, dozens of civilians were reportedly killed by a coalition air strike as IS punished them for breaking bans on “unIslamic” practices such as smoking or playing music.
The special rapporteur recalled the coalition states” obligations under worldwide law to ensure that their military operations are “transparent and accountable, ‘ and that any civilian death resulting from these operations is “promptly, independently and impartiality” investigated. But victories like the offensive to retake Tikrit have been countered with gains by the Islamic State in other areas of Iraq and especially in a deeply fractured Syria, where the civil war that preceded the arrival of IS continues.
The coalition did not acknowledge the attack for nearly two weeks, after which it conceded after repeated questions by news agency McClatchy that it had conducted the strike. Not really. The most promising recent development has been the U.S.-Turkish agreement to support an “ISIS-free zone” in northern Syria.
The United States has been joined by Britain, the Netherlands, France, Australia, Denmark, Canada and Belgium in the Iraq airstrikes. According to him, over 3 thousand air flights were conducted against the IS.
U.S. and Iraqi military officials say that in Iraq, at least, an alliance of anti-Islamic State forces and airstrikes have pushed IS fighters back. It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State members.
The advert seems to have forgotten to add ISIL bloody mass executions and heavy-handed oppression of the citizens of Iraq, Syria, and Libya, where it controls swathes of land.