Official Pentagon Report Again Dramatically Underreports Iraq, Syria Civilian Deaths

Official Pentagon Report Again Dramatically Underreports Iraq, Syria Civilian Deaths | Official toll less than 10% of NGO estimates

The Pentagon latest official accounting of civilians killed in US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria follows the same formula as all of the previous reports, admitting to just a tiny fraction of the number of civilians known to be killed, and leaving the overall toll laughably below the estimates by interested NGOs.

The Pentagon would only confirm 21 civilian deaths over the course of three months, despite those months covering virtually the whole start of the Iraqi invasion of Mosul, Indeed, just one media report from mid-January showed US-led airstrikes killing 25-30 civilians in a single incident, though naturally this didn’t make it into the official count.

Such under-counts have been consistent throughout the war, which has led to the bizarre situation in which the official death toll is 220 civilians, and monitoring groups like Airwars have estimates more than a factor of 10 higher, with their most recent estimate 2,463 civilians killed.

With so much of the US air war focusing on densely populated cities it is not all that surprising that there would be such a large number of slain bystanders, though the desperation of military leaders under both Obama and Trump to make the war look successful is such that they will never admit as much.

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  • Mark Smith

    “the desperation of military leaders under both Obama and Trump to make
    the war look successful is such that they will never admit as much.”

    How are they desperate? ISIS is trapped in Mosul, surrounded by an army 10-20 times larger.

  • Feb 28, 2017 War on Syria: Manufactured Revolution and Fake Media Narrative

    War on Syria: Manufactured Revolution and Fake Media Narrative by Eva Bartlett. Canadian independent journalist Eva Bartlett is the object of a smear campaign by Canada’s mainstream media.

    https://youtu.be/yCs6d2YNj2w

  • Information Clearing House

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46599.htm

    Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590”

    Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In U.S. War And Occupation Of Iraq 4,801

    Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,487

    Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan $1,747,216,195,634

    Oct 1, 2016 That time I went to the Pentagon and told them to cease and desist

    https://youtu.be/XQ0463ZMuJo

    • TellTheTruth-2

      Thank you Brian .. posts like this make me want to cry. The GREATER ISRAEL PROJECT is a murderous holocaust being waged on the poor people of the Middle East.

      BOB DYLAN

      License To Kill

      Lyrics:Bob Dylan
      Music:Bob Dylan

      Man thinks ’cause he rules the earth he can do with it as he please
      And if things don’t change soon, he will.
      Oh, man has invented his doom,
      First step was touching the moon.

      Now, there’s a woman on my block,
      She just sit there as the night grows still.
      She say who gonna take away his license to kill?

      Now, they take him and they teach him and they groom him for life
      And they set him on a path where he’s bound to get ill,
      Then they bury him with stars,
      Sell his body like they do used cars.

      Now, there’s a woman on my block,
      She just sit there facin’ the hill.
      She say who gonna take away his license to kill?

      Now, he’s hell-bent for destruction, he’s afraid and confused,
      And his brain has been mismanaged with great skill.
      All he believes are his eyes
      Find more lyrics at ※ Mojim.com
      And his eyes, they just tell him lies.

      But there’s a woman on my block,
      Sitting there in a cold chill.
      She say who gonna take away his license to kill?

      Ya may be a noisemaker, spirit maker,
      Heartbreaker, backbreaker,
      Leave no stone unturned.
      May be an actor in a plot,
      That might be all that you got
      ‘Til your error you clearly learn.

      Now he worships at an altar of a stagnant pool
      And when he sees his reflection, he’s fulfilled.
      Oh, man is opposed to fair play,
      He wants it all and he wants it his way.

      Now, there’s a woman on my block,
      She just sit there as the night grows still.
      She say who gonna take away his license to kill?

      • You are very welcome TellTheTruth-2. Please share these with others who need to wake up!

    • Don

      Thing is Brian, what a bargain at 4801!
      And the cost has to be considered worth it too in the minds of Americans who understand the cost of not doing Iraq.
      Why do you think they would spend all that money if they didn’t think it was a good deal? To stop Saddam from nuking the US with his WMD’s?

      I think there’s a good change either Russia or China or both would take Iraq off the US’s hands if asked. Throw in some other countries that have been accomplished in the US sphere of influence and what a deal at two trillion!

  • wars r u.s.

    It’s easy to underreport if you don’t consider anyone to be a civilian.

  • Halit

    If ignorant American public knows scale of murdered Iraq Afghanistan Syrians they would have sleepless nights rest of their life’s.
    So controlling media and ” we don’t do body counts ” is important and keep to saying to public” we are keeping you safe ”
    Biggest crime against humanity but conspiracy of silence getting louder by day.
    So if the time and circumstances is right
    we can all be criminals.