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Drone Strikes RAF admit to ‘unintentionally’ killing civilian

A CIVILIAN was “unintentionally” killed by an RAF drone strike against Isis forces in eastern Syria, the government confirmed yesterday.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed the individual died after crossing into the strike area on a motorbike moments before the blast on March 26.

He said the death was “deeply regrettable.”

Stop the War's Chris Nineham said: “This is proof that the Ministry of Defence's absurd claims have been misleading from the very start.

“The anti-war movement has always argued that it inevitably leads to civilian deaths. This proves we are right and many more will be killed by such drone programmes.

“The vast majority of people in Britain think that this type of intervention has to stop.”

Three Isis fighters were also killed by the missile, which was one of more than 1,600 air strikes carried out against Isis targets by the RAF in Iraq and Syria.

Mr Williamson said: "We do everything we can to minimise the risk to civilian life from UK strikes through our rigorous targeting processes and the professionalism of UK service personnel.

“It is therefore deeply regrettable that a UK air strike on March 26 2018, targeting Daesh fighters in eastern Syria, resulted in an unintentional civilian fatality.

“During a strike to engage three Daesh fighters, a civilian motorbike crossed into the strike area at the last moment and it is assessed that one civilian was unintentionally killed.

“We reached this conclusion after undertaking routine and detailed post-strike analysis of all available evidence.”

He added that an investigation will be carried out by the wider coalition, which will report “in due course.”


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