Under Trump, U.S. Military Has Killed Over 1,000 Civilians in Iraq, Syria in March

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed that as president he would “bomb the hell out of ISIS.”

Two months into his time as president, the evidence suggests he is doing just that, with increasing airstrikes in Iraq and Syria and stepped-up raids targeting Al-Qaeda in Yemen. But as the airstrikes have soared, so, too, according to reports, has the civilian death toll.

For the first time, the number of alleged civilian casualties in events carried out by the U.S.-led coalition has exceeded the death toll of attacks launched by Russia.

Over 3,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed in June, U.N. Reports

BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 18 — An average of more than 100 civilians per day were killed in Iraq last month, the highest monthly tally of violent deaths since the fall of Baghdad, the United Nations reported today.

Last month, The Los Angeles Times, drawing from statistics provided by the Ministry of Health and the Baghdad morgue among other agencies, reported that at least 50,000 people, and perhaps many more, had been killed since the invasion.

According to the United Nations’ tallies, 1,778 civilians were killed in January, 2,165 in February, 2,378 in March, 2,284 in April, 2,669 in May and 3,149 in June.

The totals represent an enormous increase over figures published by media organizations and by nongovernmental organizations that track these trends. 

New Pentagon Rules Will Allow More Civilian Deaths

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From TheWashintonPost: The major wars the United States has fought since the surrender of Japan in 1945 — in Korea, Indochina, Iraq and Afghanistan — have produced colossal carnage. For most of them, we do not have an accurate sense of how many people died, but a conservative estimate is at least 6 million civilians.

This inattention to civilian deaths in America’s wars isn’t unique to Iraq. There’s little evidence that the American public gives much thought to the people who live in the nations where our military interventions take place.

We consider ourselves a generous and compassionate nation but our concern for the victims is limited to U.S. troops. The wars in Korea and Indochina were extremely deadly. While estimates of Korean War deaths are mainly guesswork, the three-year conflict is widely believed to have taken 3 million lives, about half of them civilians.

Indeed, each atrocity that fails to alter public opinion piles on to further prove American indifference. When the wars went badly and violence escalated, Americans tended to ignore or even blame the victims.

The war in Vietnam and the spillover conflicts in Laos and Cambodia were even more lethal. These numbers are also hard to pin down, although by several scholarly estimates, Vietnamese military and civilian deaths ranged from 1.5 million to 3.8 million, with the U.S.-led campaign in Cambodia resulting in 600,000 to 800,000 deaths, and Laotian war mortality estimated at about 1 million.

The war in Afghanistan has been far less violent than the others, with civilian and military deaths estimated at about 100,000.

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A high-ranking US commander has admitted that there was a “fair chance” that a coalition airstrike in western Mosul killed a large number of Iraqi civilians.

“We probably had a role in those casualties,” said Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend while talking to reporters on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Pentagon announced that it was analyzing over 700 video feeds from airstrikes on west Mosul following the increasing number of reports of civilian causalities.

A spokesman for the US Central Command, Colonel J.T. Thomas, stressed that high priority was being given to the reports. He added that the US was aware they were dropping bombs in the “immediate vicinity” of areas with a high civilian population but their bombs were “quite precise.”

The US had previously admitted to having launched airstrikes in Mosul on the day of the deadly tragedy.

“Evidence gathered on the ground in East Mosul points to an alarming pattern of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes which have destroyed whole houses with entire families inside,”
said Donatella Rovera, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International, who carried out field investigations in Mosul.

“The high civilian toll suggests that coalition forces leading the offensive in Mosul have failed to take adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.”

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis responded Monday by insisting that coalition troops “always do everything humanly possible to reduce the loss of life or injury among innocent people. The same cannot be said for our adversaries.”

Reports of high civilian death tolls under Trump’s command have persisted since his first days in office. A week after entering the White House, Trump green-lighted a raid in Yemen that cost the life of a U.S. Navy Seal and reportedly killed at least 25 civilians. The Pentagon’s insistence that significant intelligence had been obtained has been widely

A U.S.-led airstrike was similarly said to be responsible for the deaths of 30 civilians in Syria’s Raqqa Province last week. A few days earlier, the U.S. military
confirmed it had conducted airstrikes in an area of northern Syria where local reports say a mosque was struck, killing more than 40 people.

The non-profit organization has said it has been overwhelmed with reports of civilian casualties since Trump took office.

This inattention to civilian deaths in America’s wars isn’t unique to Iraq. There’s little evidence that the American public gives much thought to the people who live in the nations where our military interventions take place.

The United States, which should be regarded as a principal advocate of human rights, undermines its credibility when it is so dismissive of civilian casualties in its wars. Our indifference provides permission to our military and political leaders to pursue more interventions.

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During the
war in Afghanistan (2001–present), over 26,000 civilian deaths due to war-related violence have been documented.

Amnesty International says the U.S. has failed to properly investigate Afghan civilian deaths, even possible war crimes, which occurred during military operations in Afghanistan. Amnesty criticized the U.S. and NATO in a report released on Monday in Kabul. The group says it investigated 10 incidents between 2009 and 2013 during which civilians were killed during U.S. military operations. Amnesty says 140 civilians died in those incidents. But the group said none of the cases they investigated were prosecuted by the military. Most of the incidents were related to air strikes and night raids carried out by U.S. forces. Both tactics have sparked heated criticism from the government and Afghan civilians who say the U.S. doesn’t take enough care to prevent civilian deaths.

A few nonprofit organizations have sprung up to deal with the wars’ victims — notably the
Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, a Washington-based group founded by Marla Ruzicka, an aid worker who was killed in Iraq in 2005. Such efforts rarely register with the American public, however.

Today there is virtually no support for helping rebuild Iraq or Afghanistan — no campaigns by large charities, no open doors for Iraqi refugees. Even Iraqis who worked with the American military are
having trouble getting political asylum in the United States and face a risk of retribution at home. The U.S. response to so many dead, 5 million displaced and a devastated country is woefully dismissive.

New Pentagon Rules Will Allow More Civilian Deaths

New Pentagon rules allow anti-ISIS airstrikes that could cause more civilian deaths.The Pentagon has approved rules of engagement in the fight against ISIS that permit airstrikes against the group even when they have the potential to cause significant civilian casualties,
according to USA Today.

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U.S. Navy SEALs raided a village in Yemen May 23, 2017.

“This new flawed raid by President Trump shows the U.S. is not capable of distinguishing a terrorist from an innocent civilian,” said Kate Higham, head of the assassinations program at Reprieve, in the wake of the raid.

Human rights organization Reprieve countered the military’s version of events, and identified 70-year-old, partially blind Nasser al-Adhal as among the civilians killed in the May 23 raid. He was shot by U.S. forces as he went to greet the SEALs, believing them to be guests.

And in Iraq, another front in the ever-expanding global war on terror, Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis said Sunday the U.S. military will begin to use “annihilation tactics” to defeat Islamic State (ISIS) fighters, adding to CBS‘s “Face the Nation” that “[c]ivilian casualties are a fact of life in this sort of situation.”