The Pentagon admitted on Tuesday that the United States will never know how many civilians have died during the nation’s fight against the Islamic State (ISIS). A recent report conducted by Amnesty International concluded that the US-led coalition fired “imprecise explosive weapons in population civilian areas,” during the siege of Raqqa. Hundreds of Syrians were killed due to coalition air strikes that showed little to no regard for civilian life and which have the potential for war crimes according to Amnesty. In one scenario, a family lost roughly 39 relatives because of coalition air strikes.
The U.S. military claimed that in 2017 alone more than 500 civilians were killed during the fight against ISIS. However, a report by Airwars concluded that as many as 6,000 civilians were killed by the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria in 2017. The U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis argued that “there is no military force in the world that has proven more sensitive to civilian casualties.” It is hard to defend this claim when the United States has killed almost 12 times the number of civilians compared to the number killed by ISIS, according to a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine. Maybe “bombing the shit out of ISIS” isn’t the best strategy to combat the Islamic State.
Source: Mint Press News