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How Rules of Engagement Impact Civilian Casualties | The Cipher Brief

How Rules of Engagement Impact Civilian Casualties | The Cipher Brief

On March 17, an airstrike allegedly carried out by coalition troops in Mosul, Iraq, killed a large number of civilians, with some reports putting the number of civilian deaths around 200. Officials at U.S. Central Command acknowledged it had opened a formal Civilian Casualty Credibility Assessment into the matter.

The airstrike occurred during a period when coalition airstrikes appeared to be resulting in increased civilian casualties, causing some to question whether the coalition’s rules of engagement had been changed to relax provisions aimed at preventing civilian deaths during airstrikes.

At a March 27 press conference, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, acknowledged that there had been …

Source: How Rules of Engagement Impact Civilian Casualties | The Cipher Brief