US Airstrike Kills Family of Eight Fleeing Syria Fighting

Five Children Among Slain in Attack Outside Tabqa

US officials have made much of Kurdish YPG forces attacking the town of Tabqa, which is at least somewhat under ISIS control. Locals are trying to flee the fighting, however, and that seems to be where the US is most involved, attacking and killing a family of eight outside of Tabqa as they tried to get away.

Reports from multiple local groups say that the family of eight, including five children aged 15 or under, were in a vehicle fleeing the town, and that the US attacked and destroyed the vehicle, killing all within. The Pentagon has yet to comment on the killings.

Usually, when the US blows up a vehicle full of unidentified people, the victims are labeled “suspects,” whether or not there were children among them. This appears to be difficult in this case, with multiple NGOs that had been documenting ISIS abuses in the area unwilling to keep silent on the incident.

Civilian deaths have been soaring in recent months in the US air war in both Iraq and Syria, though the official Pentagon count is virtually unchanged, with officials admitting to less than 10% of the civilians slain in cases documented by NGOs. Most such incidents aren’t even investigated by the Pentagon, which dismisses them out of hand as “not credible.”

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  • J C

    collateral damage when the US does it….terrorism for most everyone else

  • JimBass56

    Winning hearts and minds. But no worries, we’ll just bring in their extended family seething with revenge; you know, refugees. It’s the compassionate thing to do. What could go wrong?

    • eric

      there really is much difference in a bombing campaign and terrorist attack . they both are designed to prevent resistance through terror .

  • Tecumseh1768

    Not even one crocodile tear from the White House?

  • Jacques Devin

    Trump the zionist should be drag along with Odumba, Clintons, Bush to the Hague to face trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity..

  • survivor

    Trump has become just another mass murdering imperial President.