US Coalition In Iraq, Syria Killed 744 Civilians In June

The number is completely at odds with that of the US military, which so far has acknowledged the accidental deaths of 603 civilians since coalition operations began in late 2014.
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    Residents carry the body of several people killed during fights between Iraq security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, March 24, 2017. Residents of the Iraqi city's neighborhood known as Mosul Jidideh at the scene say that scores of residents are believed to have been killed by airstrikes that hit a cluster of homes in the area earlier this month (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Residents carry the body of several civilians killed in a US air strike in Mosul, Iraq on March 24, 2017. (AP/Felipe Dana)

    The US-led coalition attacking the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria killed as many as 744 civilians in June, an independent monitor said Wednesday.

    Airwars – a London-based collective of journalists and researchers that uses social media, eyewitness reports and other sources to compile its data – said the concurrent assaults on Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq were often “devastating.”

    The number is completely at odds with that of the US military, which so far has acknowledged the accidental deaths of 603 civilians since coalition operations began in late 2014.



    Airwars director Chris Woods said the increased tempo of strikes in Mosul and Raqqa accounted for some of the increase, but suggested the Pentagon’s goal of “annihilation” of the jihadists had placed civilians at greater risk of harm.

    “While it was always predicted that high civilian casualties would occur during the assaults on Raqqa and Mosul, this alone cannot explain the very high fatalities we and other monitors, NGOs and international agencies are tracking,” Woods said.

    Airwars said it assessed that between 529 and 744 non-combatants were killed in June, more than 50 percent above the prior month’s tally.

    Amnesty International on Tuesday called for a commission to investigate crimes against civilians in Mosul by all sides in the battle to liberate the Iraqi city from jihadists.


    Related: Amnesty: US-Backed Coalition Violated International Law In Mosul Killings


    The charity said Iraqi and coalition forces had failed to take adequate measures to protect civilians.

    Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, who leads the anti-IS coalition, rejected such claims.

    “This is, I believe, the most precise campaign in the history of warfare,” Townsend said.

    “I would challenge the people from Amnesty International, or anyone else out there who makes these charges, to first research their facts and make sure they’re speaking from a position of authority.”

    The US military’s Central Command is currently wading through a backlog of old Airwars claims and so far has assessed most of these to be “non-credible.”

    Coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said a seven-person team reviews every civilian casualty allegation, many of which are self-reported through the military itself.

    The process “is very thorough and I will take our credible reports over any of the allegations that do come in,” he said.


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    • tapatio

      By international law, to which the United States is signatory, the US invasion of Iraq was a war crime, as is EVERY US murder of ANY citizen of Iraq or Syria. There is no excuse of “collateral damage” for the United States and its accomplices. There is NO excuse of “just following orders” for the individual uniformed murderers – the precedents set at Nuremberg seventy years ago dealt with that.

      The evidence below demonstrates the, almost, certainty that these are premeditated genocidal crimes, committed for the sole purpose of creating an empire for the greed and megalomania of the Rothschild-Bilderberg predatory capitalist cartel.

      EVIDENCE THAT THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON SYRIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES IS THE WORK OF WASHINGTON AND ITS JEWISH MASTERS.

      THE FALSE-FLAG TERRORIST ATTACK OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 GAVE WASHINGTON AND ITS BANKSTER/CORPORATE MASTERS THE PUBLIC SUPPORT THEY NEEDED TO……

      1) SPEND TRILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS.
      2) WASTE THOUSANDS OF YOUNG AMERICAN LIVES
      3) COMMIT THE HORRENDOUS CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

      REQUIRED TO DESTROY SEVERAL COUNTRIES IN THE LAST SIXTEEN YEARS. THEIR ONLY COMPLETE FAILURE IS IRAN AND A PARTIAL FAILURE IN SYRIA..

      Global Warfare: “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran”
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166

      A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (1996)
      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1438.htm

      “Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right”

      AND

      Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century (September-2000)
      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

      (REMEMBER THAT 9/11 – THE “NEW PEARL HARBOR” – OCCURRED LESS THAN A YEAR AFTER THIS REPORT WAS COMPLETED)

      “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a NEW PEARL HARBOR (9/11 was perfect for that purpose). Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions.” (p 63)

      AMERICA’S “RASPUTINS” RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING THE LAST 15 YEARS OF DEATH – JEWISH ZIONISTS ALL……………

      CLEAN BREAK

      Richard perle

      REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES

      Paul Wolfowitz
      William Kristol
      Alvin Bernstein
      Eliot Cohen
      David Epstein
      Donald Kagan
      Fred Kagan
      Robert Kagan
      Robert Killebrew
      Steve Rosen
      Gary Schmitt
      Abram Shulsky
      Dov Zakheim

      EVERY ONE OF THE TRAITORS LISTED ABOVE (except Robert Killebrew) IS A JEWISH DUAL ISRAELI/US CITIZEN – YET NEITHER THEY OR ANY OF THEIR ANCESTORS CAME FROM PALESTINE..

      • Gardinia Gardinia

        You are totally right

        • tapatio

          Thank you.