REP LIEU URGES PENTAGON TO EXPLAIN REPORTS OF UNDERREPORTED CIVILIAN CASUALTIES FROM AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIS

November 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D – Los Angeles County) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis urging the Department of Defense to respond to and take corrective actions following a New York Times story suggesting the Pentagon underreported civilian casualties resulting from airstrikes against ISIS. Rep. Lieu, who served on active duty as a JAG, asked for clarification on the steps the Pentagon is taking to mitigate civilian casualties during Operation Inherent Resolve.

 

In the letter, Mr. Lieu asked:

  •  In 2015, how many civilians were killed and how many were injured under Operation Inherent Resolve?
  •  In 2016, how many civilians were killed and how many were injured under Operation Inherent Resolve?
  • In 2017 (up to November 1 of this year), how many civilians were killed and how many were injured under Operation Inherent Resolve?
  • Were there any changes to the Rules of Engagement in 2017 for Operation Inherent Resolve?  If so, what were the changes?
  • Is a JAG or Department of Defense attorney involved in every targeting decision for Operation Inherent Resolve?

READ THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER HERE