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Department of Defense Releases Report on Civilian Casualties Connected to U.S. Military Operations in 2020

By Rohini Kurup
Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 3:26 PM

On June 2, the Department of Defense released the 2020 edition of its annual report on civilian casualties in connection to U.S. military operations. The department found that there were approximately 23 civilians killed and approximately 10 civilians injured during 2020 as a result of U.S. military operations. 

The assessments are based on reports of civilian casualties that the Defense Department has determined to be “credible,” meaning it is “more likely than not” that civilians were injured or killed as a result of U.S. military operations. The department estimates that one civilian was killed in Iraq, 20 were killed in Afghanistan and one was killed in Somalia. And it said that approximately five civilians were injured in Afghanistan and five were injured in Somalia. 

The report also includes updates to previous reports as more information about civilian casualties in previous years has been assessed by the Defense Department. 

The full report can be found here and below: 

 

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