US air strike kills scores of civilians in Syria
Bill Van Auken
28 June 2017
A US air strike early Monday killed dozens of civilians near the Euphrates River town of Mayadin in Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zour province.
The US bombs struck a prison run by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) where civilians deemed opponents of ISIS were being held.
“The airstrikes on that prison have resulted in dozens of civilian casualties and the killing of two prison guards,” reported Deirezzor24, a news site run by local activists. The site put the civilian death toll at 70.
“The prison has been turned into dust and several houses nearby it sustained extensive damages due to the violent strikes, which pushed the residents in that area to leave for elsewhere,” the report added.
A spokesman for the US military, Col. Ryan Dillon, admitted that US warplanes had conducted airstrikes in the area, but insisted that the attack had been “meticulously planned,” and that the US commanders “always take into account human suffering and any type of casualties in our planning.”
In reality, the US air war in both Iraq and Syria has become ever bloodier, claiming record numbers of civilian lives, as Washington steadily escalates its latest intervention in the Middle East.
Airwars, a monitoring group that tracks reports of civilian deaths resulting from air strikes by the so-called US-led “coalition” in both Iraq and Syria, has placed the number at over 4,000 at a minimum, more than 10 times the toll to which the Pentagon has admitted.
Meanwhile, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which is opposed to the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, has recorded 1,953 civilians killed by US airstrikes in Syria alone, including 456 children and 333…