Raqqa is a major stronghold of IS, but the battle to eradicate the terror-designated group, which has started by the USA -backed SDF, will not be easy with recent reports suggesting the IS militants are in possession of chemical weapons inside that city.
"It is more likely than not, at least 624 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve", the coalition said in a news release.
Offensives by USA -backed forces in recent months have reduced IS terrority substantially and led to the liberation of Mosul, the group's self-declared capital in Iraq. In addition to investigating civilian deaths (data from coalitions, social networks and other information channels), military investigators continue to review hundreds of accusations made by the Airwars.org website.
The training that the United States intends to provide to Nigerian pilots "would help build the skills and procedures to effectively and responsibly operate the aircraft in accordance with global human rights law and the law of armed conflict", the official said. The report noted that only 0.31 percent of the strikes resulted in credible reports of civilian casualties.
"People say, 'We want you to run the hospital, the schools, '" McGurk told reporters. "And we have maintained that transparency and maintained that dialog with Turkey and will continue to do so", he concluded. The displacement of civilians in Syria and Iraq has almost stopped, and hundreds of thousands of previously displaced people have been able to return to their homes in territory once controlled by ISIS, McGurk said.
Still, the Raqqa battle is far from over, with thousands of Daesh fighters remaining.
The two leaders also spoke about "countering Iranian malign influence", according to a readout of the call provided by the White House.
In addition, McGurk said that renewed efforts by the Trump administration to "increase burden sharing from the coalition" among what he said were 73 countries has also been a factor.
McGurk said "deconfliction" arrangements the U.S. and Russian militaries have made to avoid accidents as they operate separately in Syria were working well despite deteriorating diplomatic relations between the two countries.