MOSCOW (Sputnik) – At least 14 civilians were killed in US airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh) militants and al-Qaeda supporters in Iraq and Syria, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said.
"We deeply regret the unintentional loss of life and injuries resulting from our airstrikes and express our sympathies to those affected," CENTCOM said in a Thursday statement, as quoted by The Stars And Stripes newspaper.
The airstrikes were conducted between July 2015 and April 2016. Most of the civilian casualties come from airstrikes carried out in February-April of the current year.
The US-led coalition of more than 60 nations has been carrying out airstrikes against Daesh militants in Syria and Iraq since 2014.
The Islamic State terrorist group, outlawed in the United States, Russia and numerous other countries throughout the world, has taken control of vast areas in Iraq and Syria, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. The radical Sunni group has become notorious for its human rights atrocities, such as public beheadings of foreign journalists.