Armed Forces News

Roughly 120 civilians were killed and another 65 were wounded by U.S. military operations last year, according to a new Pentagon report. The casualties occurred in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. The report outlined efforts to pay reparations to known survivors of civilian casualties. It also spelled out steps being taken to protect civilians who may be in harm’s way during armed conflict. Emphasis is placed on training, intelligence gathering, “taking feasible precautions,” and identification of potential risks to civilians.
When civilians are killed or wounded, the report stated that U.S. authorities would review such incidents and acknowledge responsibility when warranted. Communications with the Red Cross and other organizations, and foreign partners, also would come into play.