Thursday, June 03, 2021
NGOs speak of more victims
US Army confirms killing of 23 civilians
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the armed forces accidentally killed a total of 23 civilians in 2020, most of them in Afghanistan. Non-governmental organizations name a much higher number of victims and demand compensation for their relatives.
According to its own statements, the US Army accidentally killed 23 civilians in foreign war zones in 2020 – non-governmental organizations (NGOs), however, speak of much higher numbers. According to a report released by the US Department of Defense on Wednesday, the military is assuming responsibility for accidentally killed civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and one other undisclosed country. Around ten civilians were also injured during operations by the US military.
The Ministry of Defense has had to submit an annual report since 2018. Parts of it will remain secret, but part will be made public.
Most civilian fatalities there were in 2020 in Afghanistan. 20 civilians were accidentally killed there, according to the public parts of this year’s report. According to the information, there was another civilian fatality in Somalia in February and in Iraq in March 2020. The document does not provide any information on the 23rd case.
So far, the US has not paid any compensation
Congress released $ 3 million last year for financial compensation for the families affected. However, no such payments were made.
NGOs give the number of unintentionally killed civilians on US missions abroad significantly higher. Airwars, an organization that counts victims of air strikes, said that according to its most conservative estimates, 102 civilians were killed by US soldiers in the past year. In Somalia, the number would be seven, in Syria and Iraq, according to local information, six.
The admission of civilian casualties by the US army is still “completely inadequate,” said Hina Shamsi of the civil rights organization ACLU. Shamsi criticized in particular that the Ministry of Defense did not pay compensation despite the funds available.