WaPo: US Killing Civilians in Iraq and Syria

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The Washington Post’s Loveday Morris and Liz Sly report that a sharp rise in the number of civilians reported killed in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is spreading panic, deepening mistrust and triggering accusations that the United States and its partners may be acting with an unprecedented disregard for lives of noncombatants.

The escalation comes as local ground forces backed by air support from a U.S.-led coalition close in on the Islamic State’s two main urban bastions — Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.

In front-line neighborhoods in western Mosul, families described cowering in basements for weeks as bombs rained down around them and the Islamic State battled from their rooftops. Across the border in Raqqa, residents desperately trying to flee before an offensive begins are being blocked by the militants, who frequently use civilians as human shields.

Throughout his election campaign, President Trump pledged to target Islamic State militants more aggressively, criticizing the U.S. air campaign for being too “gentle” and asking for a reassessment of battlefield rules. The United States has denied there has been any shift and defended the conduct of its campaign.

But figures compiled by monitoring organizations and interviews with residents paint an increasingly bloody picture, with the number of casualties in March already surpassing records for a single month.

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  1. Certainly, it cannot be argued, that the clown bus makes decisions untainted by religious views. In fact, historians can only record this as the phase where, Christian extremism, meets muslim extremism. When folks who are anti-religion in all of it’s forms, talk about loss of life attribution to religion, this is another example. It is impossible to tell the bad guys from the good guys. ISIS now has, “I told you so”.

  2. Surprise, surprise, surprise!
    America targets only civilians because we’re good at it. We love killing people. It’s the Amurcan way! We love bombing people especially if they speak a different language and wear funny clothes. America loves mass murder and genocidal warfare.We’re good at it and we’ve had lots of practice for the past 250 years.
    Whether it’s from a jet or from a drone, we’ll bomb your children and your home, we’ll bomb your hospitals and your funerals, your weddings aren’t safe and your way of life will be destroyed for the betterment of DEMOCKRACY! Then we’ll poison your land with depleted uranium the new agent orange.
    America the international Jekyll and Hyde
    Sneaks up on you and rarely surprises.
    It’s president whose ignorance is surpassed only by those who voted for him. A warmongering fool and tool for the nastiest nation on earth, israel.
    How soon before Tehran gets bombed? Or Moscow?
    How soon before drone strikes in Crimea?
    America with its chickenshit military that relies on drones to murder innocent men, women and children at the touch of a button thousands of miles away from harm in an underground bunker while drinking Mountain Dew and Red Bull.
    America, the land of psychopathic killers and intellectually bereft citizens, voters who couldn’t pass even the most basic history or science tests. Most can’t recite a single one of the Bill of Rights.
    America is getting what it deserves.

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