Civilian death toll on the rise from American-led airstrikes against Isis

Civilian casualties from airstrikes by the US-led coalition fighting Isis have spiked in the past two months, activists and rights groups have warned, after the US said it was investigating a village bombing that appears to be one of the deadliest single air attacks on civilians of the entire war.

The rising toll from coalition bombs is alienating Syrians on the ground and risks undermining the fight against the extremists, critics say.The US says its bombs have caused  55 civilian deathssince the coalition air war against Isis was launched two years ago. But campaign groups that keep a tally of the war’s civilian toll – including Amnesty and Air wars – say the real total is at least 10 times that number – and could be far higher.

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