An independent commission of UN war crimes investigators have denounced a “staggering loss of civilian life” that has resulted from the escalation of US airstrikes against the ISIS-held city of Raqqa since the beginning of the Kurdish invasion of the city last week.
The Kurdish YPG has been advancing on Raqqa for months, and the US airstrikes in the course of that operation have killed a lot of civilians too, but its grown precipitously in thepast week, and the UN inquiry said US airstrikes in Raqqa had killed at least 300 civilians.
Paulo Pinheiro, the head of the UN commission of inquiry, warned the escalation of the US airstrikes had not only killed hundreds of people, but had also led to the displacement of 160,000 civilians from in and around the city, adding to the ever-growing problem of internally displaced persons within Syria.
Pinheiro went on to say that the US should not allow its fight against terrorism to be “undertaken at the expense of civilians.” Given how many civilians were killed in the course of the US airstrikes in Iraq’s invasion of Mosul, however, killing large numbers of civilians in increasingly par for the course in US operations inside large cities.
Human Rights Watch also chimed in, faulting the US for the use of toxic incendiary white phosphorus inside the city, saying it was unacceptable to use the chemical in populated areas, and that the US should show more care with such attacks.
8 thoughts on “US Airstrikes in Raqqa Causing ‘Staggering’ Loss of Civilian Life”
Where is CNN and MSNBC? I remember not too long ago when the hosts had crocodile tears when they were talking about Syria’s and Russia’s bombing of Aleppo. Now, they seem to be very silent?
I’m assuming this is a rhetorical question.
I don’t know where CNN and MSNBC are. I’ve long since used the obscenity filters on my TV to block those channels from my home.
Otherwise, one finds one head full of nonsense about ambulances that don’t bother to treat or even clean up wounded boys but instead just takes pictures of them. Or nonsense about incubators in Kuwait. Or nonsense about weapons of mass destruction hidden in Saddam toilets in his palaces. Or nonsense about mass graves in Kosovo, Or………..
If you have to ask that question apparently you haven’t given up on these liars yet. Boycott ALL their sponsors. When Assad allegedly used chemical weapons on “his own civilians” there was a cry to attack on that basis alone! Where is the outcry when the USA, which exports most of the banned weapons on this planet, uses white phosphorus in heavily-populated civilians areas? Ditto for Israel(against Gaza TWICE right before the whole world!). We are dealing with war criminals in the same class as Hitler and Co. here and their enablers, the media.
Luckily it ain’t terrorism when the West kills civilians using bombs.
Yes it is . . . do you think it isn’t terrorism just because the government won’t label it such? Luckily” For whom? The war criminals I assume? Let’s conclude once and for all- 911 was a precipitating false flag terrorist attack designed to open the gates of REAL TERRORISM from the same nations that pulled off the massive hoax! The people that orchestrated 911 and the subsequent attacks on Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria should have been hanging from the gallows long ago!
The us may be bombing civilians but judging from this video, (if authentic), they sure ain’t bombing ISIS:http://theduran.com/new-video-footage-exposes-us-military-helping-isis-fighters-escape-syrian-city-raqqa/
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