US coalition reacted to statements of the Russian defense Ministry on raqqa
WASHINGTON, Oct 28 — RIA Novosti. The coalition under US leadership did not agree with the statement of the defense Ministry that the Syrian raqqa during the operation to release from the terrorist group “Islamic state”* was “wiped off the face of the earth,” said RIA Novosti the representative of the coalition Colonel Ryan Dillon.
“We have seen these statements. In terms of civilians, I can say that we agree with the protection of civilians… We make great efforts to prevent casualties among the civilian population than anyone and anywhere. The damage that was caused to raqqa, lies entirely on the IG,” Dillon said during a telephone interview from Baghdad.
“Of all the munitions that we dropped over the three years, less than 1%, but rather 0.3 per cent, led to civilian casualties”, — he added. About the destruction of civilian infrastructure in raqqa Dillon said that the town was the scene of a war between several warring parties for more than five years.
Earlier the representative of the defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov said that the coalition achieved victory in raqqa, simply erasing it from the face of the earth.
Coalition of the United States on Thursday acknowledged the death of 786 civilians in strikes in Syria and Iraq since the beginning of military operation against terrorists in August 2014.
* Banned in Russia as a terrorist organization.