A more accurate estimate of civilian casualties in Iraq is around 400, I’m told. Fallon was covering himself by saying his “estimate” was that there hadn’t been any.
Mr Fallon said he has to personally approve any target selected for air strikes, and intelligence allows him to distinguish between terrorists and “people in headscarves selling shoes.”
He then made an astonishing claim about the accuracy of RAF strikes.
“The RAF have been striking with the permission of Parliament in Iraq for over a year now,” he said. “And our estimate is that there hasn’t yet been a single civilian casualty because of the precision of their strikes.
“They’ve been carefully targeted at ISIL command posts, ISIL supplies, ISIL supply routes.”
Mr Marr replied: “With the greatest respect, that reminds me of Robin Cooke’s notorious comment about going into Afghanistan and “not a shot being fired” at the beginning of that war.”
Mirror Online contacted the Ministry of Defence to ask what evidence there was to back up Mr Fallon’s claim, but they had not responded at the time of publication.
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