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U.S.: Air Strikes Against IS Killed 64 Civilians In Past Year

Peshmerga forces ride on military vehicles in the town of Bashiqa after it was recaptured from the Islamic State, east of Mosul, Iraq, on November 9.

U.S.-led air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria have killed 64 civilians and injured eight in the past year, the U.S. military has said.

The latest totals bring the number of civilians killed in air strikes to 119, with another 37 injured, according to the U.S. Central Command, which insists that in each incident all precautions were taken to avoid civilian deaths.

Independent monitoring groups and activists estimate that air strikes have killed hundreds of civilians, however.

The latest cases occurred from November through September. However, they do not include an air strike in July near Manbij, Syria, that monitoring groups said killed at least 56 civilians, the military said.

Also, the Pentagon said a U.S. brigadier general is still investigating a September air strike near Deir el-Zour, Syria, that may have unintentionally killed dozens of Syrian government forces.

The Pentagon said it has received 257 allegations of air strikes causing civilian casualties, and has concluded that 76 of the reports were valid. To date, it said 65 investigations have been completed.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and dpa