By Aaron Kesel
U.S. President Donald Trump is creating dozens of innocent casualties a day as he takes on the Islamic State in a bombing campaign in the Middle East risking to double the numbers his predecessor Barack Obama had according to Airwars a watchdog organization who did an investigation for The Daily Beast.
“Airwars researchers estimated that at least 2,300 civilians died from Coalition strikes overseen by the Obama White House—roughly 80 each month in Iraq and Syria,” The Daily Beast wrote.
As of July 13, the Beast estimated that more than 2,200 civilians have been killed under Trump’s coalition raids since he was inaugurated to be the 45th President of the United States. In under a year, Trump’s administration has killed an estimated upwards of 360 per month, or 12 or more civilians killed every single day.
Then one month later in February, the U.S focused its efforts on “annihilation tactics” and “shoving Isis out of safe locations in an attrition fight”.
In March alone the U.S. admitted it was responsible for killing more than 100 civilians in Mosul. This is around the same time that innocent civilian deaths started spiking according to the Beast.
“Yet beginning in March 2017—the month after Mattis handed over the new plan—Airwars began tracking a sharp rise in reported civilian fatalities from U.S.-led strikes against ISIS. In part this was due to the savagery of the battle for Mosul. But in Syria—where almost all strikes are American—likely civilian fatalities monitored by Airwars researchers increased five-fold even before the assault on Raqqa began,” the Beast wrote.
Then in April, US Central Command (Centcom) admitted 484 civilian deaths were as a result of coalition strikes as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, to clear ISIS presence from the Middle East.
Finally, in May during a meeting of the anti-ISIS coalition, General Mattis stated there would be “no changes to our continued extraordinary efforts to avoid innocent civilian casualties,” The Independent reported.
Reports greatly differ from the coalition itself and the watchdog organization Airwars. But the official numbers also reveal a sharp uptick in civilian deaths: Of the 603 victims killed since the operation began in 2014.
Trump promised to “bomb the s*** out of Isis” on the campaign trail but once again like his predecessor Barack Obama, he is causing innocent civilian deaths across the Middle East. And that’s without including the casualties from supporting the Saudi’s war in Yemen.
In late June, the Trump administration signaled that he’ll be reducing restrictions on drone strikes by eliminating the “near certainty” clause aimed at protecting civilians.
As a result, civilian deaths by US bombs in the Middle East are likely to keep climbing.