US-Backed Rebels: US Must Suspend Airstrikes in Syria

SNC: Huge Civilian Toll in US Strikes a Recruiting Tool for ISIS

The US-backed opposition umbrella group the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has issued a statement today calling for the US to immediately suspend all airstrikes against Syria for the duration of investigations into this week’s airstrikes around the city of Manbij.

The strikes, on Tuesday morning, targeted the villages of Tokhar and Hoshariyeh. 56 civilians were reported killed at the time by the Syrian Observatory, though the final toll kept being revised upward, and could now be around 200.

The SNC insisted that the strikes absolutely have to stop because the huge death toll is serving as a recruitment tool for ISIS and other Islamist factions.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter promised to “look into” the killing but neither he nor anyone else in the Pentagon suggested any changes would be made. There were conflicting reports about what nations involved in the US-led coalition were involved in the attacks, though France was also repeatedly mentioned. French officials insist they have no idea if they were involved or not, but that they’re always “very careful.”

That pledge of “care” reflects claims from Pentagon officials, who insisted the current war is the most accurate ever. That’s been the official narrative of several US wars in recent years, and is in keeping with Centcom’s policy of blanket denials of most of their deadliest salvos in Syria and Iraq.

Officially, the US has admitted to only a handful of civilians killed in the entire ISIS war, though rights groups have put the toll at several hundred, a figure that is only rising as the US does away with restrictions on targeting.

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  • Adriaan de Leeuw

    If the US had not attempted regime change with the likes of AL Nusra or as it was formerly known there would have been fewer deaths and NO Syrian refugees in Europe, The US should also acknowledge that Isis came from Al Nusra which was their choice so called Moderate rebel group, and they should tell the world what Al Nusra was known as Before the name change! Al Nusra is Al Qaeda in Iraq and the US Government knew this and was dealing with them, Before we hear the bleating from the Republicans remember that McCain went there to Syria ILLEGALLY entering Syria and holding talks with members of Al Qaeda in Iraq a proscribed terrorist group and one which any other US citizen havinf such dealings would be at the least sitting in a Federal Super max prison for giving material support for terrorists!

    • curmudgeonvt

      “…sitting in a Federal Super max prison for giving material support for terrorists!”

      Yeah, well, he’s not because he’s a Senator – and a “hero” because he got shot down and the icing on the cake, a Presidential candidate with an epic Fail on his resume – not to mention since I’m on a roll, a really, really poor judge of character…ain’t that right ms youbetcha?

  • Aug 7, 2015 US Intelligence Confirms US Support for ISIS

    A partially-declassified DIA report brings disturbing details about US support for jihadists in Syria. What kind of game is the US government playing in the Middle East?

    https://youtu.be/d2WrwUM2RwI

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Pg.-291-Pgs.-287-293-JW-v-DOD-and-State-14-812-DOD-Release-2015-04-10-final-version11.pdf

  • shishani

    The SNC insisted that the strikes absolutely have to stop because the huge death toll is serving as a recruitment tool for ISIS and other Islamist factions.the call to stop is not to save human lives especially civilian lives.

  • lemur

    Chinese Embassy style of accurate.

    It’s like someone wants ISIS to not die off too fast…