US air campaign 'deeply flawed' in Middle East: Report citing Pentagon docs
- The air wars have resulted in multiple civilian casualties, including the death of children
- Civilian deaths have been "drastically undercounted", the report said
- Over a five year period, more than 50,000 airstrikes were carried out in the region
The air wars have resulted in multiple civilian casualties, including the death of children, the New York Times reported.
The report suggests that documents reveal more than 1,300 reports were uncovered and show a different image of the war, which included the use of precision bombs.
The report, while citing the documents from the Department of Defense, said that the tally of civilian deaths have been "drastically undercounted", even though multiple incidents in the documents have already been reported.
The news comes months after the United States reversed its claim about an airstrike conducted in Afghanistan's Kabul. The strike, which was carried out to eliminate non-civilian targets, killed at least 10 members of a family, according to reports from AFP.
Former United States President Barack Obama's final days in the White House reportedly saw a spike in the air campaign in the Middle East.
Over a five year period, more than 50,000 airstrikes were carried out in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan by the United States, the report said, with much less than the advertised precision.
Earlier this month, officials from the Department of Defense said that no American troops had been disciplined for the August drone strike, according to reports from Associated Press.
The review, done by Air Force Lt. Gen. Sami Said and endorsed by Austin in November, found there were breakdowns in communication and in the process of identifying and confirming the target of the bombing. However, he concluded that the strike was a tragic mistake and not caused by misconduct or negligence.