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‘Indiscriminate Strikes’: Amnesty Criticizes U.S.-Led Coalition’s Actions In Raqqa

According to Amnesty International, the U.S.-led coalition's offensive against ISIS in Raqqa killed nearly 10 times more civilians than the U.S. military has acknowledged. Amnesty produced names of more than 1,000 people reported killed from June to October 2017 in the northern Syrian city. The group says it has directly verified 641 of those and that its researchers have "credible" reports of an additional 600. Amnesty adds that its conservative estimate of the number of civilians killed is at least 1,600. In what it calls the "most comprehensive investigation into civilian deaths in a modern conflict," the rights group accuses the U.S.-led coalition of indiscriminate use of artillery force in densely populated areas. "Entire buildings were destroyed, killing whole families," Amnesty says. The U.S. military says its coalition has determined at least 180 civilians were unintentionally killed during that period in Raqqa and that there are still open investigations. "First and foremost,

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