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Geographic Combatant Command Procedures for Civilian Casualty Assessments: Appendix

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As the combatant command with the largest and most-active areas of current operations, U.S. Central Command CENTCOM maintains specific policies relating to the reporting of, assessment of, and response to civilian casualty reports and confirmed incidents. CENTCOMs 2018 Command Policy Letter No. 97 delineates the procedures for reporting, assessing, tracking, investigating, and publicly releasing information regarding reports of civilian casualties within the theater. The policy states that effective civilian casualty response includes timely and accurate reporting, public release of civilian casualty information in coordination with host nation sensitivities, and dissemination of lessons learned to improve military operations and prevent future incidents. The policy directs the joint task force and component commanders to establish procedures to properly address incidents from all sources of civilian casualty reporting. These steps are followed by CENTCOM headquarters in the event of a report of potential civilian casualties that is not within the purview of the commands joint task forces for its two operations Operation Inherent Resolve OIR and Operation Freedoms Sentinel, which is part of the Resolute Support RS mission in Afghanistan. Specific procedures for OIRs Combined Joint Task Force CJTF and for RS are discussed in the subsequent sections.


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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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