Strikes on ISIS group in Syria may have hit civilians: Pentagon

US soldiers in the town of Gwer, northern Iraq, on Aug 31, 2016.
US soldiers in the town of Gwer, northern Iraq, on Aug 31, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon said Tuesday (Sept 13) it had launched various strikes on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group's forces in Syria over the past several days, including hits on some targets that "may have resulted in civilian casualties".

The incidents took place on Sept 7, Sept 10 and Sept 12, according to a statement from Centcom.

It did not give the number of dead or injured.

But Centcom said that in the Sept 10 raid "near Ar Raqqah, Syria, a strike against an ISIL target may have resulted in the death of civilians near where the strike occurred", employing a alternate term used to refer to the group.

On Sept 7, a raid near Syria's Dayz Az Zawr on ISIS targeted a non-military vehicle that drove into the target area after the weapon was released from the aircraft.

And Sept 12, a bombing near Ash Shaddadah, Syria, during a strike against an ISIS target, another apparently non-military vehicle drove into the target area after the weapon was released from the aircraft, Centcom added.

Iraqi security forces, backed by coalition air power, are in the final weeks of "shaping" operations ahead of an assault to recapture Mosul, which ISIS seized in 2014 and which remains the group's last main stronghold in Iraq.