A woman gestures as she stands on rubble of damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria May 14, 2018. (REUTERS/Aboud Hamam/File Photo)
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The U.S.-led military campaign to oust Daesh (ISIS) group from the Syrian city of Raqqa in 2017 killed hundreds of civilians in indiscriminate bombing, committing possible war crimes, Amnesty International said Tuesday.The United States led a four-month campaign of air strikes from June last year, dubbed a "war of annihilation" by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, to liberate Raqqa from Daesh control.The report -- "'War of Annihilation': Devastating Toll on Civilians, Raqqa -- Syria" -- details the experiences of four families "whose cases are emblematic of wider patterns".Between them, they lost 90 relatives and neighbors -- 39 from a single family -- almost entirely from coalition air strikes, according to Amnesty. Amnesty has written to defense officials in the United States, Britain and France -- whose forces carried out the air strikes over Raqqa -- seeking additional information about these cases and about other attacks, it said.
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