US-led Airstrikes Mistakenly Kill Nearly 160 Syrian Civilians

Carol Nisar
The civilian casualty death toll for the United States-led coalition in Syria is rising, and the public must hold the government accountable.

On Tuesday, a United States airstrike killed at least 160 civilians in Syria after mistaking the families for Islamic State militants, The Washington Post reported. 

The Tokhar residences of ordinary citizens were hit in what has proven to be one of the deadliest strikes on civilians by the U.S.-led operation in Syria since August 2014. 

The British NGO Syrian Observatory for Human Rights declared that the air strikes were conducted in error, faulting U.S. intelligence for mistaking civilians for religious militants. The U.S. military released a statement that it is investigating the bombing.

Photographs depicting the aftermath of the early morning strikes of Tokhar village, north of Manbij in northern Syria, showed the dead bodies of toddlers who were killed in the bombings.

Tuesday’s airstrike is believed to be the first conducted by jets departing from Incirlik air base in Turkey after the failed coup.

The U.S.-led coalition has carried out at least 450 strikes around Manbij since May.

Battle for Manbij

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that Russian air strikes have killed 2,600 innocent civilians since September 2015.

Dropping bombs in a careless or “dumb” manner as the Russian government has been accused of is certainly something for which the U.S.-led coalition needs to be held accountable as well.

The murderers of innocent Syrian citizens should be taken to international criminal courts, but as of yet, the American public is just standing idly by and not demanding that its government take action in this direction.  

The rare video below of an U.S.-backed airstrike near Manbij on July 5 was tweeted on Monday.


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