Source: French Etat Major des Armées/Defence Ministry

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– November 2017:Renewed Netherlands mission against ISIS risks the lowest levels of public transparency and accountability among allies
in a very different war
  Airwars was invited to address a committee of Dutch MPs at The Hague on November 29th, to discuss issues relating to the expected resumption of Netherlands airstrikes against ISIS from January 1st 2018. Our short report made clear that the war has become far more destructive in recent months; that civilian harm had worsened; and that Dutch public transparency needed to improve to match that of other allies.

cover-limited-accountability– December 2016: Limited Accountability: A transparency audit of the Coalition air war against so-called Islamic State. A detailed assessment of transparency and accountability issues among the 13-member alliance. The audit – commissioned by UK defence think tank the Remote Control Project – worked with four sample militaries (the US, UK, Canada and Denmark) to build a detailed understanding of how militaries track and assess civilian casualty assessments. It also gauges transparency by partner, measuring whether each ally can be held publicly accountable for its actions.

– May 2016: Improving Belgian transparency and public accountability in the war against Daesh As Brussels debated whether to extend airstrikes to Syria, we submitted a short report to parliament urging improved public transparency.

– March 2016: A Reckless Disregard for Civilian Lives Our analysis of Russian airstrikes in Syria between Sept 30th and Dec 31st 2015.

– February 2016: Netherlands airstrikes in Syria: Towards improved transparency and public accountability: Our report submitted to the Dutch parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

– August 2015: Cause for Concern – Hundreds of civilian non-combatants credibly reported killed in first year of Coalition airstrikes against Islamic State

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