US has killed at least 22,000 civilians in Africa, West Asia since 9/11: Report
At least 22,000 civilians have been killed in airstrikes conducted by US forces and its allies in a number of countries in Africa and West Asia since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, according to an analysis by Airwars, a UK-based conflict monitoring group.
The organization said at least 22,679 civilians, and as many as 48,308, lost their lives in airstrikes that were part of America's so-called “war on terror” launched following terror attacks in New York and Washington DC on September 11, 2001.
The not-for-profit company issued its report ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The report added that the figures take into account civilians that were killed during the military intervention and the subsequent occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq by the US-led forces, as well as their bombing campaign supposedly against Daesh, as well as targeted airstrikes in Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
Airwars further noted that the deadliest year – when looking at the minimum total death toll – was 2003, when at least 5,529 civilians were killed by US airstrikes, almost all of them during the invasion of Iraq.
It added that the next deadliest year – likewise – was 2017, when at least 4,931 civilians lost their lives in bombing campaigns by the US-led military coalition in Iraq and Syria.