This webpage provides information on how individuals can submit information about civilian casualties that may have resulted from U.S. military operations.
The U.S. military gathers a great deal of information before, during, and after military operations, but information can be imperfect, and additional information can be helpful. The U.S. military reviews reasonably available information, including any submitted information, to assess whether civilian casualties have resulted from U.S. military operations and to help the U.S. military improve its ability to reduce the likelihood of civilian casualties.
Certain basic information is useful to facilitate an effective review of information submitted concerning civilian casualties. Please provide the date, time, and location of the incident, a description of the injuries or deaths that resulted, and any information that may indicate why it is believed that the U.S. military caused the injuries or deaths. Please try to be as accurate and as detailed as possible when reporting to DoD information concerning civilian casualties, including by submitting any relevant documents.
Civilians may face significant risks of harm during armed conflict, even when all parties comply with their legal obligations. The U.S. military nonetheless tries to minimize civilian casualties during military operations, including by seeking to improve its future operations.