The UN Just Accused The US Of Killing 300 Civilians Since Last Week In Raqqa

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According to a U.N. Commission of Inquiry tasked with investigating violations of international war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria, the intensification of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition has led to a “staggering loss of civilian life,” the Guardian reports.

The U.N. war crimes investigators found that since the acceleration of airstrikes in the Syrian city of Raqqa commenced last week, 300 civilians have already died. This statistic arguably makes Bashar al-Assad pale in comparison; Assad’s regime reportedly kills approximately 20-50 people in any given week.

“We note in particular that the intensification of air strikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced,” Paulo Pinheiro, the chairman of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry told the human rights council in Geneva.

According to Karen Abuzayd, an American commissioner on the independent panel, the figure of 300 is based only on deaths caused by airstrikes. Therefore, the figure of civilian deaths caused by troops on the ground may ultimately higher.

As the Guardian also notes, speculation that the coalition has been using white phosphorous has already drawn strong condemnation.

Not surprisingly, this operation was conducted with full knowledge that there would be mass suffering for the civilian population. At the end of May of this year, Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis announced that the U.S. would be switching to so-called “annihilation tactics” against ISIS, stating:

“Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to North Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa, we are not going to allow them to do so…We are going to stop them there and take apart the caliphate.”


According to Mattis, civilian deaths “are a fact of life in this sort of situation.” However, Mattis did add that the U.S. military would “do everything humanly possible consistent with military necessity, taking many chances to avoid civilian casualties at all costs.”

Mattis’ announcement that the U.S. would annihilate ISIS (and massacre civilians by the hundreds) is still somewhat dubious, considering video footage appears to have emerged of ISIS fighters fleeing the conflict in Raqqa safely despite the hundreds of bombs and white phosphorous loaded munitions U.S.-backed forces have been dropping over the city. It has been speculated that in reality, these ISIS fighters are being granted safe passage to put added pressure on the Syrian government, a longtime adversary of the United States.

Further, using a dangerous element like white phosphorous and burying over 300 civilians after approximately a week of fighting seems, on the face of it, to be nothing short of a blatant war crime. The Commission of Inquiry and the mainstream media may not use the term “war crime” outright, but that is surely an inference one can draw from their calculations.

If anything, it would appear the U.S. is annihilating civilians — and not much else.

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Trucker Glock's picture

Yeah, I'm sure the war crimes trials start soon.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

That's odd because I don't see this 'story' in the mainstream media.

Must be fake news.


SixIsNinE's picture

that's because KSA is UN Human Rights Controller = they've already reprimanded the offenders and punished them for their need to report something that has already been dealt with.


old news, fake news, same ting same ting....


now back to the Russian hacking Hitlery's losing election campaign



Ignatius's picture

You can't use the word, "protocol," 'cause it's anti-semitic and was invented by the Tzar's secret police and is cynically being used to divert attention away from the 6,000,000 jewish children now starving in desperation in Eastern Ukraine.  Shame.

Oh regional Indian's picture

There is footage out there of purported white phosphorous attacks on both Raqqa and Mosul last week by the US Ra Hell...


veritas semper vinces's picture

Exactly. Somebody needs to send some Tom Cruise missiles into Washington

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Human misery... it's a business model. 


BeanusCountus's picture

Saw that. On Yahoo of all things. Played as only a war crime under certain circumstances, and US is using legally. Could hardly believe I was reading it. Unbelievable. Especially because white phosphorus was the chem pinpointed by folks as the REAL chem used in the supposed attack by Syria on women and children in Idlib Province. Which Syria denied. Shows we got the stuff and we use it. This story got out by mistake. Will wait for CNN coverage. And wait. And wait. And wait.

king leon's picture

Maybe Assad should launch 59 cruise missiles into the Pentagon.    

runswithscissors's picture

Obviously the US needs to send another $8 billion Joobux to the UN.

CheapBastard's picture

How do these mere 300 compare with Barkey's > 1 million dead in the MENA areas, or HIllary's 300,000 dead in Libya?

DontGive's picture

Pft, 300 isn't even statistically relevant in that line of work.

ThirteenthFloor's picture

300 seems low. But then all these figures are tainted.

By the way the term 'collateral damage', used in war, sounds very bankster like in original. Could it be all wars are bankster wars, and the victims are the collateral damage. Maybe to banksters we are just a bunch of collateral.

OverTheHedge's picture

You might think that the people are the collateral, and damaging your collateral is a bad thing. If you slaughter all the taxpayers who is going to repay your debt? It ought to be a concern, except that these are foreign, brown people, so are not relevant. Wait until they start on the US - then you might see some banks starting to grumble.

3rdWorldTrillionaire's picture

Right? 300 seems like they're practicing or testing something new...

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

300 is curiously adjacent the number of ISIS fighters said to have been killed in Russia's attack on Raqqa that may or may not have killed Al-Baghdadi. Obviously a populer number.

SixIsNinE's picture

tragedies & statistics ... statistics & tragedies...

chemtrails of barium, stronium, aluminum, cadmium, nanoparticulate heavy metals, 


you expect the Average Amurican to care?


HOW MANY care enough to learn that Scalise was serious about ending the Washington Child Sex Trafficking & pedocracy? 


Who Is Obarky ?                                                                                             {/s "who is John Galt?"}



robertocarlos's picture

If he dies we will know it's true. I bet he dies at Seth General.

Mr. Universe's picture

Scalia didn't realize the power of the dark side until it was too late. Those he trusted didn't have his back, they were working for the enemy. What was amazing was how quick it disappeared without a trace, or a body.

PhattyBuoy's picture

Veni, vidi, Vici ...

That bayonnette in your ass won't hurt too much ...




Mr. Universe's picture

Well you know those scions of civil rights, Saudi Arabia as you have pointed out, head the UN human rights commision. It sure is a good thing that the USA sold SA all those weapons to make sure human rights are protected!

king leon's picture

ISIS obviously can't be killing Syrian civilian's fast enough/sarc

chosen's picture

Tough shit.  The so-called "civilians" should have been fighting the ISIS motherfuckers.  There are no innocent adults.

king leon's picture

The Syrian's are killing a lot more ISIS than the US are. It would help though if the US stopped sending ISIS into Syria by the 1.000s "YOU STUPID FUCKING CUNT"

45North1's picture

By what metric is this helping win the battle?

Bryan's picture

Obama's fault.

montresor's picture

the hell? tyler stay on this one let's find out what the fuck is going on..

dltff-ya's picture

This guy is really good for finding out what is going on. Funny name for such a perceptive fellow.

cherry picker's picture

It is said in the end times, love will grow cold.

Unfortunately, the only way the USA seems to get ahead in war is to totally bomb the shit out of anything it sees, whether there are children, women or civilian men in the way doesn't matter.

That doesn't sound like love to me. 

Then the USA has the nerve to call anyone who dares strike back as insurgent or terrorist.

Why is the USA there to begin with, it aint about 9/11 and if it was, how many bodies does DC require for revenge?  50 million?

SixIsNinE's picture

hello -

The 1st victim of war is Truth.


Amurrica has been at war for over 250 years.  Hello.

There is NO truth in these lands.


Francis Marx's picture

Funny, when Obama did it, the UN said nothing.

actionjacksonbrownie's picture

Hell, the Shrub snuffed out over 1 million.



Taras Bulba's picture

I cannot vouch for the authenticity of this video of ISIS bailing out of Raqqa with no interence (with help??, unknown) from the US "coalition."  I believe the author and the pub to be reliable as I have no information to the contrary:

Obviously, it is pro-Russian but in my mind the most reliable commentary/news comes from this site, and RT, Sputnick.  Equally obvious, the stuff coming out of WaPo, NYT, Politico et al prob belongs in the bottom of a bird cage.

OverTheHedge's picture

I looked at that and thought - that's a lot of vehicles, and a lot of fuel to run those vehicles. The logistics of that is impressive, given that they have been under siege for months and you would think that air attacks would stop resupply (and resupply from whom?). Of course, the video might be from the ISIS advance a couple of years ago......but at taken at face value, lots of questions.

Gonzogal's picture

You might want to look at this shows the oil and oil refineries in the area, which is one of the reasons it has been key to ISIS's ability to wage war in Syria:



HowdyDoody's picture

The map is incomplete. There are multiple oil wells through Syria, particulalrly around Palyrs - the ISIS concentration shown just above the word 'Syria'.

fockewulf190's picture

ZeroHedge puts out some good info regarding the economic front, but the political Tylers tow the line for the Kremlin. It's why you get exposed almost daily to stories from the pseudo-RT websites anti-media and strategic culture and so on. Often when stories such as this one here are published, you'll see a lot of ZH members pop up to cheer on the story, but stangely enough, never seem to appear on other "normal" posts. It's no big deal, those who have been around a long time have a good idea of who is behind the show, and orders are orders right? ZH has always admitted how they stand politically, so I am not surprised to see this line of thought continue.

3rdWorldTrillionaire's picture

Not lost on me... anti-western financial policy, pro-kremlin policy. But, good info nonetheless, no? See the stories from both sides.

Infinite QE's picture

Another good day for Israel. Less goy in their greater israel territory.

anonymike's picture

On average a slow week for the mass murdering psychopathic criminal gang who call themselves US government

CRM114's picture

How many "innocent civilians" of Raqqa have Yazidi slaves in their house?

Francis Marx's picture

These UN politicians are judging from a different dimension. What is any government suppose to do, to end the overthrow of their governments?  Just give in???


 I think 700,000 people died in the american civil war.

Jethro's picture

Just wait until our next one!  That figure will be chump change.

Boston7708's picture

Trumps army needs to stop, these crimes are unbelievable somebody please stop him.... Hillary Obama, bush and bill your our only hope!!!!!

RenoCarlino's picture

The only saving grace in this is that it's going to be much worse if Hillary gets elected. She's even more of a warmonger than Trump is.

RenoCarlino's picture

Make America great again at bombing civilians and destabilizing the middle east.