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The U.S. Actions in Syria and Iraq Lead to the death of Civilians

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Most of the world knows that since 2014 the US-led coalition air war in Syria, at a pretext of fighting against ISIS, has been carrying out air strikes on the territory of Syria illegally. As a result of indiscriminate air strikes on residential neighborhoods, probably thousands of civilians have died.

According to Al-Masdar, on March 12, at least 20 civilians, many of whom were women and children, died following the U.S. led coalition airstrikes in the southern outskirts of Raqqa. The number of victims is likely to increase as a great number of civilians have been badly wounded.

It should be mentioned that US jets, mistakenly according to US officials, bombed residential areas in Iraq. For the first week of March alone, more than 370 civilians have been killed as a consequence of airstrikes carried out by the United States in the western suburbs of Mosul.

However the coalition admits to only 188 civilian deaths since the start of the coalition air campaign in Syria, which is supposedly against ISIS, but many believe the actual target was the regime change of Bashar al-Assad. Since the beginning of the US lead coalition, then President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry had repeatedly said "Assad must go".

It's obvious that the coalition grossly underestimates the real number of civilian victims in order to avoid criticism by the UN, international human rights organizations and the public. Even conservative estimates of civilian deaths are more than 2,500 people.

It seems that the US-led coalition is intentionally damaging the urban infrastructure in Syria and Iraq. Destroying water supply systems and bridges over the Euphrates River, making it more difficult for the evacuation of civilians from besieged towns. It is fair to assume that the US is negligent in taking elementary precautions to prevent casualties among the local population.

In addition there are a lot of questions about the US simply ignoring information about the presence of civilians in the terrorist-controlled areas. This underestimation of the situation leads the US-led international alliance aircraft to massacre Syrians and Iraqis civilians. The latest admitted massacre was the US destruction of a mosque in Syria , resulting in the reported deaths of 46 civilians. Incredibly, the US military claims that it was not targeting the mosque full of people praying, but a building just 50 feet away where suspected al Qaeda militants were supposedly meeting.

Unlike the US led International coalition, the Russian anti-terrorist campaign in Syria is at the behest of the Syrian government. In addition, the Russians say they are fully coordinating their actions with the Syrian Command in order to avoid civilian casualties. Russia has reportedly destroyed numerous terrorists training camps, factories and workshops for the production of ammunition, as well as oil plants.

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Freelance journalist working with Inside Syria Media Center. I'm especially interested in Syrian crisis.
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