US "accidentally" air strikes Syria, killing 85 civilians

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Josie Ensor, istanbul
19 JULY 2016 • 4:32PM
A US air strike killed nearly 60 civilians, including children, in Syria on Tuesday after the coalition mistook them for Islamic State (Isil) fighters.

Some eight families were hit as they tried to flee fighting in their area, in one of the single deadliest strikes on civilians by the alliance since the start of its operations in the war-torn country.

Pictures of the aftermath of the dawn strikes on the Isil-controlled village of Tokhar near Manbij in northern Syria showed the bodies of children as young as three under piles of rubble.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes appeared to have been carried out in error, with the civilians mistaken for Islamist militants.

It is thought Tuesday’s bombing was among the first by jets taking off from Incirlik air base in Turkey since it reopened after the failed coup.

The area has seen intense fighting between extremists and members of the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) that have been advancing towards the Isil stronghold of Manbij under the cover of intense airstrikes by the US-led coalition.

The coalition has carried out more than 450 air strikes around the city since the operation to take the town began in May.

The SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, is trying to seize the last territory held by Isil on the frontier with Turkey.

Very clear footage (rare) of a CJTF airstrike north of #Manbij on July 5, 2016. Geolocation:

— Christiaan Triebert (@trbrtc) July 18, 2016
On Tuesday the forces retook one the terror group’s headquarters, which was located in a hospital, being used as a command centre and logistics hub.

But progress into Manbij city has been slow, with landmines littering the roads in and snipers attacking advancing troops.

Many Isil fighters are still holed up in the city, and are preventing thousands of civilians from leaving, effectively using them as human shields.

Capturing Manbij would be its most significant victory yet. The city is important territory for the group - situated 30 minutes from Turkey and on the supply route to Raqqa, the capital of its self-proclaimed caliphate.

It had served as a base for Western fighters, who for years travelled into to Syria from Europe through the porous northern border.

In a separate incident on Sunday, the Observatory reported that coalition airstrikes killed six civilians in Manbij, “including a woman with four of her children and an old man”.

Rebels and many residents say Russia's bombing campaign has been even more indiscriminate and accuse the Russians of deliberately hitting hospitals, schools and infrastructure in opposition-held areas, something Moscow denies.


  •   Colin$mackabi$h
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    Hey maybe they all had criminal backgrounds anyway
  • Swiffness!
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    Spec Ops: The Line
  • not_osirus_jenkins
    not_osirus_jenkins Members, Banned Users Posts: 3,670 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Aye man, I can't be mad if a distant relative wants revenge. That's ? crazy.
  • Idiopathic Joker
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    ? happens bruh
  • Rasta.
    Rasta. Members Posts: 9,342 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Aye man, I can't be mad if a distant relative wants revenge. That's ? crazy.

    I don't understand why folks can't see this simple ? mine, i'll ? yours....might take generations but the seed is planted
  • Breezy_Kilroy
    Breezy_Kilroy Members Posts: 10,500 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That's not ? you accidentally do. They shouldn't even call it an accident.

    You accidentally buy fat free food.
    You accidentally leave ? in your pocket when you do laundry.
    You accidentally ? text a chick

    You don't accidentally ? 85. Ain't no apology for that. I can't see this just being a "my bad" and it going away.
  • Hevalisk
    Hevalisk Members Posts: 1,595 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2016
    How many US civilians has ISIS killed?

    Bet it's not much..

    Got some Americans yelling about the dangers of ISIS, and yet...
  • Mr.LV
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  • kingblaze84
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    Americans are pretty good at killing and burning civilians alive worldwide, but do a horrible job fighting terrorism itself. Geez, I wonder what the connection could be?

  • kingblaze84
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  • zzombie
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    @kingblaze84 cry me a ? river it's war accidents will happen
  • kingblaze84
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    edited July 2016
    zzombie wrote: »
    @kingblaze84 cry me a ? river it's war accidents will happen

    This all feeds into ISIS ideology though, it fits the ISIS narrative perfectly when America kills innocent civilians in Syria and the Middle East again and again and again. ISIS ideology states America is the most bloodthirsty nation in the world and America feeds into that by killing and burning innocent people alive around the Muslim world.

    This helps create recruitment for terrorism, and they will use this to justify terror against the American coalition. Notice terrorism has increased since the American airstrikes, not a coincidence.
  • kingblaze84
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    edited July 2016
    When air strikes target civilian areas, those deaths are intentional. Obama is following Donald Trump's advice now and that's a damn shame. Trump probably feels vindicated by this news and more civilians were burned and killed by American planes Thursday and Friday. Great job idiots and morons in Washington DC and the White House. Thanks for creating more terrorists, as you ? do every year.
  • the dukester
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    And not a got damn peep from CNN (aka the Clinton News Network) nothing from "? news", or any other major media outlet.


    Because they function as a propaganda arm for the Pentagon, to create false narratives about poor brown/black people all over the world. Why else do they fox-trot Kim K, & Kanye West's, mindless drivel to their viewing audiences?

    Distraction 101.

    Obama got a lot of innocent blood on his hands. Kinda ironic that a former Constitutional lawyer has taken to using the Constitution as Charmin toilet paper.

    Geneva Convention be damned.