World The 'Staggering Loss of Life' in the Fight Against ISIS

07:45  15 june  2017
07:45  15 june  2017 Source:   The Atlantic

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Text Size. At least 300 people have been killed in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, ISIS ’s de-facto capital, since March in what UN war-crimes investigators have called a “ staggering loss of civilian life .”

The report, released Tuesday, provides some “ staggering ” figures related to the horrors of life in Iraq in the time of ISIS . “These acts may, in some instances, amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide,” the UN report noted.

  The 'Staggering Loss of Life' in the Fight Against ISIS © Rodi Said / Reuters

At least 300 people have been killed in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, ISIS’s de-facto capital, since March in what UN war-crimes investigators have called a “staggering loss of civilian life.”

The surge in fatalities coincides with intensified airstrikes by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of U.S.-backed Arab and Kurdish fighters, against the Islamic State in Raqqa. The SDF launched an offensive last week on the city, which has been under ISIS control since 2014; SDF fighters claimed a number of key neighborhoods in the western, eastern, and northern parts of the city.

But the offensive has come at a cost. In addition to destroying “almost every important building in Raqqa,” the operation has put many civilians in the line of fire and displaced thousands of others.

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The report, released Tuesday, provides some “ staggering ” figures related to the horrors of life in Iraq in the time of ISIS . “These acts may, in some instances, amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide,” the UN report noted.

BEIRUT — Airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition have caused a " staggering " loss of civilian life in At the U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday, Pinheiro warned that the fight against Islamic State Battle for ISIS 's Raqqa stronghold in Syria has begun, says US coalition. US airstrike in Syria targeted

“The intensification of airstrikes, 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 UN Commission of Inquiry chairman, said Wednesday at the UN Human Rights Council.

Karen Abuzayd, the American commissioner on the UN panel, told Reuters approximately 300 deaths have been caused by coalition airstrikes; U.K.-based monitor Airwars puts the estimate at closer to 600. It’s a death toll the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned could rise, noting last week that between 50,000 to 100,000 people are believed to remain in the city.

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John McCain has criticized the campaign against Islamic State as too weak, noting that 75 percent of airstrike missions return without firing a weapon. (RELATED: US Man Who Died Fighting ISIS Was Guided By God, Says Father).

The inquiry concluded that at least 105 people were killed during the blast, marking the greatest loss of civilian life since the U.S More than 350 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS since 2014, according to the Pentagon, though other monitors say the estimate is far higher.

Concern over civilian casualties isn’t limited to Raqqa. Human-rights groups criticized the U.S. last week for its airstrikes targeting al-Qaeda militants in the Syrian city of Aleppo—a March offensive the U.S. military concluded resulted in only one civilian fatality, but which other monitors claim killed dozens.

Human-rights groups are also calling attention to the U.S.-led coalition’s use of white phosphorus in operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Though the coalition claims the substance is a smokescreen to help civilians escape ISIS-controlled areas safely (the group has been known to target civilians attempting to flee), Human Rights Watch warned its use could pose “a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like Raqqa and Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians.”

Indeed, though white phosphorus is not considered a banned chemical weapon and can be used in the battlefield, Amnesty International said the substance can reignite weeks after its been deployed, causing injuries that burn “deep into the muscle and bone.”

ISIS spreads fake news about destroyed al-Nuri mosque .
Iraq’s military released a video showing that Mosul’s famed al-Nuri mosque was blown up by explosives, but Islamic State followers prefer to believe the militant group's explanation that it was caused by a U.S.-led coalition airstrike, analysts said Thursday. “Jihadist supporters are using it to blame the West and Americans,” said Alberto Fernandez, vice president of the Middle East Media Research Institute and a former top State Department official. The reports surrounding the mosque destruction highlight the difficulty in overcoming the powerful Islamic State propaganda, often nothing more than fake news. Its followers are not easily swayed by evidence, and objective truth has little meaning, he said. “The true believers have drunk so much Kool-Aid,” Fernandez said that they are not about to quickly change their minds even when confronted with compelling evidence. The Iraqi military and coalition quickly displayed evidence of the destruction of the 12th-century mosque and its iconic leaning minaret, knowing the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, would make false claims about how it was destroyed. The U.S. military released a still photo showing the extent of the damage. The video shows the entire structure going up in smoke. There are no aircraft or munitions in sight, and the coalition generally uses small munitions, particularly when fighting in dense neighborhoods. Rarely does the coalition use a bomb large enough to destroy the whole structure.

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