The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is raising its count of civilian deaths from the air campaign.
The coalition determined seven additional reports of civilian casualties caused by coalition strikes to be credible. Those strikes likely killed 54 civilians, raising the death toll of civilians killed since the start of the 2014 campaign to 173, according to a statement from Combined Joint Task Force: Operation Inherent Resolve on Thursday.
“Although the coalition makes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, in some cases casualties are unavoidable,” the statement said.
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