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

Authohred by Darius Shahtahmasebi via,

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.


BeanusCountus Oh regional Indian Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:39 Permalink

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.

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SixIsNinE CheapBastard Thu, 06/15/2017 - 21:42 Permalink

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?"}  

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cherry picker Thu, 06/15/2017 - 21:33 Permalink

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?

Taras Bulba Thu, 06/15/2017 - 21:43 Permalink

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:…, 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 Taras Bulba Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:02 Permalink

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.

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fockewulf190 Taras Bulba Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:48 Permalink

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.

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Francis Marx Thu, 06/15/2017 - 21:42 Permalink

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.