U.S. Dropped 23,144 Bombs On Muslim-Majority Countries In 2015

Nobel Peace Prize-winner President Obama dropped a serious amount of ordnance last year.
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    Council of Foreign Relations resident skeptic Micah Zenko recently tallied up how many bombs the United States has dropped on other countries and the results are as depressing as one would think. Zenko figured that since Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. has dropped around 23,144 bombs on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, all countries that are majority Muslim.

    The chart, provided by the generally pro-State Department think tank, puts in stark terms how much destruction the U.S. has leveled on other countries. Whether or not one thinks such bombing is justified, it’s a blunt illustration of how much raw damage the United States inflicts on the Muslim world:

    Sources: Estimate based upon Combined Forces Air Component Commander 2010-2015 Airpower Statistics; Information requested from CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve Public Affairs Office, January 7, 2016; New America Foundation (NAF); Long War Journal (LWJ); The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ).


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    It does not appear to be working either. Despite the fact that the U.S. dropped 947 bombs in Afghanistan in 2015, a recent analysis in Foreign Policy magazine found that the Taliban control more territory in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001. The U.S. has entered its 16th year of war in Afghanistan despite several promises by the Obama administration to withdraw. In October of last year, President Obama reversed his position and decided to keep American troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2017.

    The last four U.S. presidents have bombed Iraq, and that includes the current one since airstrikes were launched on Aug. 7, 2014. The war against ISIS was originally framed as a “limited,” “humanitarian” intervention. Since then, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has insisted it will be a “30-year war” and the White House has spoken vaguely of a “long-term effort” in both Iraq and Syria.

    Another red flag Zenko noted was the complete lack of civilian deaths being tallied as a result of those 23,144 bombs.

    Remarkably, they also claim that alongside the 25,000 fighters killed, only 6 civilians have “likely” been killed in the seventeen-month air campaign. At the same time, officials admit that the size of the group has remained wholly unchanged. In 2014, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) estimated the size of the Islamic State to be between 20,000 and 31,000 fighters, while on Wednesday, Warren again repeated the 30,000 estimate. To summarize the anti-Islamic State bombing calculus: 30,000 – 25,000 = 30,000.

    So after more than 20,000 bombs, the U.S. Defense Department only cops to the deaths of six civilians. This is a position largely accepted by the media, which rarely asks who is actually being extinguished by the airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

    In October, 30 civilians died after the U.S. bombed a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The incident is still being investigated, but it has already been revealed that many elements of the original story were either false or deliberately misleading.

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      • Ben Franklin

        I’m sure he cries for the children.

      • idealfreelancer

        gang of western powers are as arrogant as in the history we witness, british empire, Russian, romans, mongols etc etc. even west have all the reason to drop nuclear weapon on cities of japan. gas bombs on Vietnam, the last crusades in middle east. new cons, American new century and new world order are pretext. but how long this tyranny will continue right under so called united nations, security council, and nato. there is a super power above all almighty, soon they will be history.

      • TecumsehUnfaced

        So many bombs dropped on these poor, people, and the stupid fools supporting what our government is doing feel no responsibility for the refugees.

      • Raymond Covit

        So its not working, the terrorists have as much or more land as before the bombing… but now there are waaayyy less buildings or places to hide. and I understand Russia is using the same lands to carry out training exercises for its military, in preparation of a need to actually expend a wartime effort to thwart those that would be ISIL.
        nobody is dropping bombs on Indonesia or Malaysia, they Manage ,as a government to be Islamic and not butt into the private live of its peoples too much.(personally, no one religion belongs in any form of free government)

      • James Wherry

        The above actually looks like welcome news: 11 in Pakistan and 58 in Yemen, in support of the Sa’udi’s. Sounds like those nations are irrelevant.

      • James Wherry

        So, Goldilocks, which is it: are we “secretly supporting ISIS,” or “shamefully bombing countries?”

        Those of you in the Blame America crowd can’t even get your conspiracy theories and your lies straight.