Failing to Get American Approval for Syria Invasion, the U.S. Bombs It Anyway
As usual for the past 100 years of U.S. bombings, many innocent civilians are getting incinerated. From September of 2014, here’s a description of horror from a 20 year old Syrian who witnessed the U.S. bombing campaign firsthand:
In the city of Raqqa, which was rocked by airstrikes on Monday and Tuesday, residents were frightened.
“The people are very afraid,” resident Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi told the BBC, “they do not know what will happen tomorrow.”
On Tuesday, the Guardian newspaper spoke with a 20-year-old Syrian named Hiba, a student in the city of Raqqa which has faced the most serious bombing to date. Even though opposed to the ISIS fighters, Hiba described the U.S. attacks as nightmarish.
“There are no words to describe the bombing,” she said. “It was a scene I wouldn’t wish my worst enemy to face. I was on the balcony with my little sister and we could hear the sound of planes and I was joking with her and said: ‘Comb your hair and smile, you are being filmed.’”
“Later,” Hiba continued, “the bombing started and we all ran to the living room, everyone screaming and running in different directions. We didn’t know what to do. Our neighbour went to the hospital and asked if they needed blood and they said no because they haven’t got any injuries. Most people who left their homes live near Isis headquarters. We won’t leave our home. There is no point. We believe in destiny.”
And Abu Ibrahim, quoted above by the BBC, is interesting because he, along with other residents of Raqqa, have set up a website called Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently and though they are opposed to ISIS overall, and have chronicled the damage done to their city by the ongoing civil war, they remain deeply skeptical about the outcome of U.S. bombing.
The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has dramatically intensified its air war against the militant group with strikes pummeling the group’s de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria.
Since Wednesday, the coalition has conducted aerial strikes against more than 70 ISIS targets. One airstrike was responsible for bombing 20 ISIS staging areas around Raqqa, according to Brett McGurk, the US deputy special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS.
In addition to the strikes around Raqqa, the US-led coalition also destroyed ISIS fighting positions and tactical units in Tal Abyad, Kobani, Aleppo, and Al Bukamal in Syria, according to a press release from the coalition.
In the wake of the horrifying murders of innocent tourists in Tunisia, we feel instinctively that something must be done. Attacks on holidaymakers are terrorism in its purest form, designed to frighten away others, to weaken the economy of Tunisia and so to damage the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of equally innocent Tunisians – and plunge them into the kind of misery and deprivation that makes it easier to recruit more young men to the harsh and bloody certainties of violent jihadism. So Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, suggests that we might try bombing Islamic State in Syria, as we are already doing as Iraq. The prime minister lets it be known that he favours the idea, and two Labour politicians signal that they might be prepared to back such an intervention. David Cameron was badly burned when Ed Miliband defeated his plan to join the US in attacks on the Assad regime in 2012 and he would not want to repeat the experience. So we’re not seeing a lemming-like rush to war. The trouble is that a coordinated attack by a horde of lemmings might frighten Isis more than Mr Fallon’s threats. Sometimes, even when it appears obvious that something must be done, there really isn’t anything obvious or easy that can be done.
The calculation might be different if a bombing campaign had a realistic chance either of defeating Isis on the ground or of discouraging terrorism in the areas that the group does not control. But the US, Canada, Jordan, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are all already bombing Isis in Syria without significant effect, as we are in Iraq. There are very good and honourable reasons why these bombing campaigns kill few terrorists.
U.S.-led coalition forces conducted 16 airstrikes Saturday and early Sunday against key ISIS buildings and transit routes in the terror group’s stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, a U.S. Army official said.
At least 16 airstrikes were reported late Saturday and early Sunday, triggering successive explosions that shook the city and created panic among residents, activists said. The U.S.-led coalition often targets ISIS-held towns and cities in Syria, but the overnight strikes on Raqqa were rare in their intensity.
“The significant airstrikes tonight were executed to deny Daesh the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq,” Lt. Col. Thomas Gilleran said in a statement, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
And in case you forgot, the U.S. was already bombing in Syria last year (2014), using its favorite, manufactured enemy ISIS:
‘The Turk’ is dead: Al Qaeda-linked terror group says leader died in Syria airstrikes
updated 5:12 AM EDT, Wed September 24, 2014
(CNN) — The United States is doing what it must to “take the fight to terrorists,” leading a coalition of Arab nations in a series of airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State terror group in Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
At the same time, the United States took action — on its own — against another terrorist organization, the Khorasan Group. Obama described its members as “seasoned al Qaeda operatives in Syria.”
U.S. officials said the group was plotting attacks against the United States and other Western targets.
The plots against the United States were discovered by the intelligence community in the past week, an intelligence source with knowledge of the matter told CNN. The source did not say what the target may have been, but said the plot potentially involved a bomb made of a nonmetallic device like a toothpaste container or clothes dipped in explosive material.
A plot involving concealed bombs on airplanes “was just one option they were looking at,” a U.S. official said.
“Once again, it must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and try to do Americans harm that we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people,” Obama said in televised remarks from the White House.
Civilian Deaths Mount as US Bombing of Syria Expands
‘We will pay with our blood,’ says Abu Ibrahim, who fled his city of Raqqa ahead of US bombing. ‘In big wars, the civilian will pay.’
With a new wave of U.S.-led airstrikes overnight in Syria, reporting from the ground inside the country show that in addition to the damage being done to Islamic State (or ISIS) targets and other militant factions, the civilian death toll is rapidly increasing.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, bombings on oil refineries held by ISIS in the northeast of Syria killed fourteen militants associated with the group, but also five civilians. In total, since the bombing of Syria began on Monday, SOHR estimates that of the 183 total killed by U.S. bombs, 36 were non-combatants, many of them women and children.