[pjw] US Dropped 23, 144 Bombs on Muslim-Majority Countries in 2015 (Alternet 1/10)
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policy of the US turned into perpetual war in the "Middle East."
In today's history of 25 years in Iraq, we've posted a link to the
announcement / flyer for our Gulf War 20 Years Later event in 2011,
which included a walk over the Hawthorne Bridge.
Later that year, based on an agreement signed by George W Bush before he
left office, President Obama withdrew many of the American troops from
Iraq, but left behind over 16,000 personnel staffing the world's largest
embassy (the US embassy in Baghdad). Our event in March 2012 marking 9
years of Iraq War II made note that the US was still, in that sense,
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U.S. Dropped 23,144 Bombs on Muslim-Majority Countries in 2015
Nobel Peace Prize-winner President Obama dropped a serious amount of
ordnance last year.
By Adam Johnson / AlterNet January 10, 2016
Council of Foreign Relations resident skeptic Micah Zenko recently
tallied up how many bombs the United States has dropped on other
countries and the results are as depressing as one would think.
Zenko figured that since Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. has dropped around
23,144 bombs on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and
Somalia, all countries that are majority Muslim.
The chart, provided by the generally pro-State Department think tank,
puts in stark terms how much destruction the U.S. has leveled on other
countries. Whether or not one thinks such bombing is justified, it's a
blunt illustration of how much raw damage the United States inflicts
on the Muslim world:
Sources: Estimate based upon Combined Forces Air Component Commander
2010-2015 Airpower Statistics; Information requested from
CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve Public Affairs Office, January 7,
2016; New America Foundation (NAF); Long War Journal (LWJ); The Bureau
of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ).
It does not appear to be working either. Despite the fact that the
U.S. dropped 947 bombs in Afghanistan in 2015, a
recent analysis in Foreign Policy magazine found that the Taliban
control more territory in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001.
The U.S. has entered its 16th year of war in Afghanistan despite
several promises by the Obama administration to withdraw. In October
of last year, President Obama reversed his position and decided to
keep American troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2017.
The last four U.S. presidents have bombed Iraq, and that includes
the current one since airstrikes were launched on Aug. 7, 2014. The
war against ISIS was originally framed as a "limited,"
"humanitarian" intervention. Since then, former Defense Secretary Leon
Panetta has insisted it will be a "30-year war" and the White
House has spoken vaguely of a "long-term effort" in both Iraq and
Another red flag Zenko noted was the complete lack of civilian deaths
being tallied as a result of those 23,144 bombs.
Remarkably, they also claim that alongside the 25,000 fighters
killed, only 6 civilians have ÒlikelyÓ been killed in the
seventeen-month air campaign. At the same time, officials admit
that the size of the group has remained wholly unchanged. In 2014,
the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) estimated the size of the
Islamic State to be between 20,000 and 31,000 fighters, while on
Wednesday, Warren again repeated the 30,000 estimate. To
summarize the anti-Islamic State bombing calculus: 30,000 Ð 25,000
So after more than 20,000 bombs, the U.S. Defense Department only cops
to the deaths of six civilians. This is a position largely accepted by
the media, which rarely asks who is actually being extinguished by the
airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
In October, 30 civilians died after the U.S. bombed a hospital in
Kunduz, Afghanistan. The incident is still being investigated, but it
has already been revealed that many elements of the original story
were either false or deliberately misleading.
Adam Johnson is an associate editor at AlterNet. Follow him on Twitter
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