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US Airstrike in Syria Kills 53 Civilians, 6 Children (PETITION Incl.)


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: drone strikes, signature stikes, civilian victims, Obama, policies, death, international law, Counter-Terrorism, IISIL/ ISIS, Militarization, National Security State, Syria, US Foreign Policy )

Angelika
- 931 days ago - juancole.com
US air strike on Friday that inadvertently hit a village of non-combatants, killing members of six families, raises new questions about the Obama administrationâEUR(TM)s approach to fighting ISIS in Syria. Despite months of bombing raids, Daesh has lost no >>



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Angelika R (143)
Sunday May 3, 2015, 1:11 pm
* PETITION :
Congress: End 'Signature Strikes'
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As Mariam Karouny reports for Reuters, the US air strike on Friday that inadvertently hit a village of non-combatants, killing members of six families, raises new questions about the Obama administration’s approach to fighting Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) in Syria. Despite months of bombing raids, Daesh has lost no territory in Syria.

The strike, according to the Syria Observatory, landed on a village on the east bank of the Euphrates River rather hitting its fundamentalist target.

US air strikes in Syria are estimated to have killed 2000 Daesh fighters, out of an estimated 25,000 in Syria and Iraq. However, thousands more volunteers are said to have gone to join up once they hear that the US was targeting Daesh. Some of “radicalism” in the Middle East is just anti-imperialism, something that Washington interventionists are congenitally unable to understand.

The major accomplishment of the bombing that began last September was to keep Daesh from taking the Kurdish enclave of Kobane in the north of Raqqa Province. But the Kobane area, which had some 300,000 Kurds, is still a ghost town.

In contrast, in Iraq the bombing has been done as close air support for Kurdish Peshmerga fighters or for Iraqi and Iran-backed forces. With those fighters on the ground the US helped allies take Mt. Sinjar and Tikrit from Daesh, reducing the territory it holds in Iraq by 25% compared to last summer.

But in Syria, the US has no moderate fighters to support, since almost all rebels have joined Daesh, al-Qaeda (Jabhat al-Nusra or the Support Front), or other Salafi Jihadi groups that reject democracy and want to reduce religious minorities like Christians to barely tolerated non-citizens who have to pay a poll tax to avoid being attacked.

In Syria, moreover, there is a danger that if Daesh were weakened, the Syrian Arab Army of Bashar al-Assad would be able to take advantage of that development. The US wants to see Bashar, by now a notorious war criminal, overthrown.

What comes along with not having a ground force to support is lack of good intelligence on the ground in Syria. Hence the bombing of innocent non-combatants, including children.

The US says it wants to train 15,000 moderate fighters in conjunction with Turkey. But it would take years for such a force to be deployed and become effective. Moreover, there were more than that number of moderate fighters two and a half years ago, and they’ve all by now scattered or joined al-Qaeda affiliates. What is to stop the same thing from happening to the new crew? And wouldn’t they deliver their training and weaponry to Daesh (as already has often happened)?

This revolving door of US-trained fighters has been a key problem in Afghanistan, but no one ever brings it up.

The bombing of the civilians actually helps Daesh propaganda enormously. This policy in Syria needs reconsideration.


 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday May 3, 2015, 1:13 pm
If you've not already signed this old petition, please do so NOW. It's been "laying dead" for a long time and urgently needs more signatures! https://www.change.org/p/no-more-drone-strikes
 

. (0)
Sunday May 3, 2015, 1:14 pm
another bolt of lightning to spark the Franken$tein-monster
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 3, 2015, 1:34 pm
Signed again i think--thx Angie
 

Wilde Thange (10)
Sunday May 3, 2015, 1:58 pm
Let's see now, How many notorious war crimes against the notorious war criminal. Or does the regime change axis of evils list determine the notoriety of criminals based on our own interests.
 

Animae C (511)
Sunday May 3, 2015, 2:28 pm
Signed
6,403 signatures

T.Y. Angie
 

Judy C (97)
Sunday May 3, 2015, 3:00 pm
Signed w/comment, & tweeted. Cole says," Some of “radicalism” in the Middle East is just anti-imperialism, something that Washington interventionists are congenitally unable to understand". We just can't figure out that blatant fact.

Also signed & tweeted the change.org petition, with this comment: These strikes are cowardly, evil, and illegal. Have our leaders ever tried to imagine being a person, especially a child, in an area where there is always the terror of being struck by a robot plane? How could one sleep at night?

Thanks Angelika. I have been all over the issue of drones since the U.S. started using them.
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday May 3, 2015, 5:22 pm
Damned be the day these flying guillotines were invented! This needs to stop! thank you all for signing!
 

Justin Vale (13)
Sunday May 3, 2015, 8:24 pm
signed
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Sunday May 3, 2015, 8:30 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Angelika.
 

Justin Vale (13)
Sunday May 3, 2015, 8:34 pm
my bad. i didn't signed. nothing to sign.and i'm not giving them any money.
 

Ben O (178)
Monday May 4, 2015, 1:55 am
Signed!
 

Angelika R (143)
Monday May 4, 2015, 3:41 am
Any blind man should by now be able to see that this strategy is a dead end street! For the sake of all innocent civilians it needs to be ENDED ASAP!
 

Barb SiteIssues V (199)
Monday May 4, 2015, 5:19 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you
 

Ed Site Issues V (196)
Monday May 4, 2015, 5:53 am
S&N, Thanks
 

JL A (282)
Monday May 4, 2015, 12:51 pm
s&n; thanks Angie
 

JinnySITEISSUES L (82)
Monday May 4, 2015, 2:14 pm
War is such a brutal and immoral act.....put all the power-hungry government officials (who hide in their bunkers, etc. when the onslaught of war and terror occurs and who are protected) from all countries who simply just can't or refuse to get their sh*t together .....and let them go to it......innocent citizens prevail! Thanks Angie.
 

Sarah Dyson (139)
Monday May 4, 2015, 4:40 pm
Noted, signed & shared. #6406. I don't see where all of these air strikes are doing ay good. We are never going to wipe out these vermin. These countries have been fighting since time began and they will continue to fight. Stay home and take care of our own business. HUGS TO ALL WHO CARE FROM TEXAS
 

Vikram S (41)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 12:33 am
Thanks for sharing.
 

Warren Webber (31)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 10:02 am
Live long and prosper!

Bernie 2016!
 

Dogan Ozkan (2)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 1:03 pm
noted and signed
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 2:03 pm
Noted. Petition gladly signed. Many thanks, Angelika.
These awful drone strikes killing civilians are only gathering more hatred for the U.S. and creating more terrorists. A vicious circle has been created here.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 2:32 pm
noted, signed-----thanks Angelika.
 

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 4:26 pm
Gladly signed. Thank you Angelika.
 

Carol R (11)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 5:41 pm
Done and thanks Angie.
 

Marco Baracca (41)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 6:44 am
Signed Angelika!
 

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 8:33 am
Adding this one if anyone has not yet signed:
NO MORE DRONESTRIKES update Apr 2015
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday May 11, 2015, 3:33 am
Both signed,thanks Angelika.
 

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 11:05 am

schau Dir das an Angelika -- falls Du es noch nicht gesehen hast.
Es ist vermutlich nicht das was Du denkst das es ist und der Titel könnte misleaden.
Unsere Freunde aus Täuscheland sollten das wissen weil immer nur von Wiedergutmachung gegenüber dem einen Staat gesprochen wird, meine ich.
Alles Liebe
Parsifal (und danke sehr für die Syrien petition.)

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