While US media promotes CIA chemical weapons claims to push for war
Deaths from US bombings triple in Syria, Iraq
12 April 2017
A report by the British monitoring group Airwars has found that the death toll from US air strikes in Iraq and Syria nearly quadrupled in the month of March as compared to the last full month before Donald Trump entered the White House. Reported civilian deaths jumped from 465 in December 2016 to 1,754 in March 2017, a rise of 277 percent.
The report was issued in the midst of the media hysteria over fabricated charges of nerve gas attacks by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, the pretext for last week’s missile strikes ordered by President Trump. It demonstrates that American bombing has killed far more innocent civilians in Iraq, including children, than reportedly died in last week’s alleged chemical attack in Syria. For that very reason, the study has gone virtually without mention in the American media.
The Airwars organization, which tabulates deaths due to air strikes in the Iraq-Syria war zone and evaluates the strength of the evidence supporting the reports, found that more civilians were reported killed during the first three months of 2017, a total of 2,826, than in all of 2016. The increases actually began in the fall of 2016, when the Iraqi Army and its US military “advisers” began their onslaught on the city of Mosul, occupied by the Sunni fundamentalist group ISIS for the past two-and-a-half years.
Amnesty International has investigated a series of mass killings due to US air strikes in the eastern half of Mosul, which was reconquered during the first phase of the assault, from October through December 2016. A report published last week found “an alarming pattern of US-led coalition air strikes which have destroyed whole…