A new report has found that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Iraq kill 31 times as many civilians than what the U.S. officially reports, which means many innocent people who are killed by the U.S.-led coalition are labeled as ISIS or possible ISIS sympathizers.
According to The New York Times, “It is at such a distance from official claims that, in terms of civilian deaths, this may be the least transparent war in recent American history. Our reporting, moreover, revealed a consistent failure by the coalition to investigate claims properly or to keep records that make it possible to investigate the claims at all.”
“While some of the civilian deaths we documented were a result of proximity to a legitimate ISIS target, many others appear to be the result simply of flawed or outdated intelligence that conflated civilians with combatants. In this system, Iraqis are considered guilty until proved innocent. Those who survive the strikes, people like Basim Razzo, remain marked as possible ISIS sympathizers, with no discernible path to clear their names.”
Razzo’s wife, daughter, brother, and nephew were killed by a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in Mosul, Iraq in 2015. The U.S. falsely placed their deaths in the “ISIS” column.
Razzo recalled his harrowing experience to Democracy Now (video below.)