Australia  

Celebrating 10 Years of Trusted News Discovery
One News Page
> >

DOD Study Advises Changing Civilian Casualty Count Procedure

Video Credit: Newsy Studio - Duration: 01:15s - Published < > Embed
DOD Study Advises Changing Civilian Casualty Count Procedure

DOD Study Advises Changing Civilian Casualty Count Procedure

The internal study was conducted back in April at the request of then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

DOD Study Advises Changing Civilian Casualty Count Procedure

The U.S. military has been criticized for the way it accounts for civilian casualties.

But a newly released study from the Pentagon proposes some ways to fix that.

The internal study  was conducted back in April at the request of then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

It looked at civilian casualties resulting from U.S. air or artillery strikes in places like Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia from 2015 to 2017.

As CNN notes , many nongovernmental organizations have accused the Pentagon of regularly undercounting the number of civilians killed in American operations.

For instance, the Defense Department said 1,190 civilians have been killed by American strikes in Iraq and Syria since the campaign against ISIS started in 2014.

But airstrike monitoring group  Airwars.org  said that number is significantly higher.

The study recommended military officials make several changes to address concerns like that.

One of those changes is seeking out "additional sources of information on potential civilian casualties," like social media, nongovernmental organizations and local sources.

The study is part of the Pentagon's effort to create the department's first-ever policy on civilian casualties.

Officials hope to implement that policy sometime this year.

Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .




You Might Like

Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2019 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  In the News  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? FeedbackSend us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest
One News® is a registered trademark of One News Page Ltd.