The fourth anniversary of the international war against ISIS sees the terror group almost defeated – though many thousands of civilians have died in the heavy fighting.
Reported civilian deaths from Russian actions were up by a third in Syria during the first six months of 2018. While claims against the Coalition were sharply down, several hundred civilians were still likely killed by the US-led alliance.
Coalition-attributed civilian casualties in Syria were up during May, while those blamed on Russia were sharply down.
While credible reports of large numbers of civilians killed at al Mansoura emerged within hours, it has taken the Coalition 16 months to concede any harm.
Investigators traveled to Raqqa and spoke with more than 100 witnesses and victims, with their report highlighting the deaths of dozens of members of just four families.
The Raqqa Reconstruction Committee is still recovering the dead from this shattered city – all the time at risk from unexploded ISIS munitions.
Australia remains the only American ally to admit any civilian harm after almost four years of strikes
Tens of thousands of US bombs and missiles helped drive Islamic State from Raqqa. But now the dead are being forgotten.