US Central Command claimed they killed a senior al-Qaeda leader in a May 3 drone strike when announcing it on Twitter even though they had no confirmation of who died, CNN reported Tuesday.
The victim of the drone strike turned out to be 56-year-old Lotfi Hassan Misto, a father of 10 who was killed while herding his sheep in the Idlib countryside. Relatives and neighbors said he had no affiliation with al-Qaeda, and terrorism experts told The Washington Post there was no evidence that he did.
The announcement made by CENTCOM on Twitter said: “At 11:42 am local Syrian time on 3 May, US Central Command Forces conducted a unilateral strike in Northwest Syria targeting a senior Al Qaeda leader. We will provide more information as operational details become available.”
Unnamed Pentagon officials told CNN that the announcement was ordered by Gen. Erik Kurilla, the commander of CENTCOM. One official said Kurilla’s subordinates urged him to hold off on the tweet until they knew who they killed, although two other officials denied that happened.
The command still claims that it doesn’t know if it targeted a civilian. CENTCOM did not launch an investigation on the strike until May 15 despite the fact that evidence surfaced immediately that a civilian was killed.
CENTCOM’s deception follows a familiar pattern as the US military is notorious for undercounting civilian casualties or lying about them. There is also a clear history of US drone strikes killing civilians despite them being framed as precision strikes.
In 2015, documents leaked by whistleblower Daniel Hale revealed that during a five-month period between 2012 and 2013, 90 percent of the people killed by US drones were civilians. Hale is currently serving a 45-month sentence for revealing the information.
10 thoughts on “CENTCOM Lied About Drone Strike in Northwest Syria That Killed a Civilian”
Daniel Hale is a national hero. He should be free, and “general” Kurilla should be the one in prison “serving a 45 month sentence.
… should be “droned”.
U.S. has become lazy and stupid. They only know how to drone unarmed civilians then tag it as ISiS or Al-Qaeda.You remember the afghan family they murdered shortly after 13 marines were killed.
Don’t forget deeply corrupt and deceitful. Everything about our involvement in Syria is based on lies. We are there at Israel’s beck and call. By way of deception they do war.
correction: … “they do murder”.
…And why am I not surprised…!
Terrorism, pure and simple. By the “house on the hill”, U.S. of A.
If drones were so precise then Ukraine would be a lot different.
The liars lied to us again; in other important news:
The sky is still blue; we will update you tomorrow.
Every official statement about any drone strike is a lie. Start there, and reason from that premise.
“In 2015, documents leaked by whistleblower Daniel Hale revealed that
during a five-month period between 2012 and 2013, 90 percent of the
people killed by US drones were civilians. Hale is currently
for revealing the information.”
Third world tribal societies have no defense against America playing wack-a-mole with drones.
Did you notice that Russia is not a third world tribal society and they manufacture very good surface to air missiles and fighter jets?
Perhaps Joey Biden and his merry band of NEOCONS forgot that Russia is a first world power with more nuclear weapons then the US has.
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