[pjw] NEWS/ANALYSIS: Sis Children Reportedly Killed During US Raid in Syria (Common Dreams 2/3)
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Fri Feb 4 18:10:29 EST 2022
I saw an article the other day asserting that Biden's push for war with
Russia isn't a scenario like in the movie "wag the dog" because ultimately
presidents lose favor for entering wars. This ignores the short term
effect of people rallying around the flag/the troops when wars happen.
The point of "wagging the dog" is to distract people from problems going
on elsewhere, such as low poll ratings and an economy in crisis.
Thus, I would firmly put Biden's efforts to assassinate the most recent
leader of the Islamic state in Syria in that category. There was no
imminent threat, no international call for this and, as we've been saying
since the US started attacking Syria in 2014, no support from the Syrian
government for US military actions on their territory. Imagine if say
France decided to take out an armed white supremacist militia group in the
US with a special forces raid or drone attack. Sure there may be some
people who'd be ok with it because of the nature of the victims' politics,
but that doesn't make it right.
Oh and I used the words "efforts" because reports are saying that Abu
Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi killed himself during the raid.
So, I searched on the words "Phyllis Bennis Syria attack" because I knew
Ms. Bennis would have a good analysis on what happened, which included the
deaths of several children. The Common Dreams article below does not
I would add that I heard Biden talk about Al-Qurayshi as "being no more."
A very roundabout way of saying he was dead. Biden went on to claim the
man had surrounded himself with women and children, as if that were a
crime. Our president and first lady sleep in the same home. Biden thinks
his son Beau's death was related to the toxic burn pits he was exposed to
in Iraq. Why celebrate the death of another human being?
Things to think about.
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6 Children Reportedly Killed During US Raid in Syria
President Joe Biden said the U.S. Special Forces operation killed ISIS
leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi.
February 3, 2022
United States Special Forces carried out a major raid in northwest
Syria in the early hours of Thursday morning that reportedly
resulted in the killing of more than a dozen people--including six
children and four women.
In a statement hours after the operation, U.S. President Joe Biden
said that "thanks to the skill and bravery of our Armed Forces, we have
taken off the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi--the
leader of ISIS."
"All Americans have returned safely from the operation. I will deliver
remarks to the American people later this morning. May God protect our
troops," added the president, who did not mention the reports of
Addressing the nation, Biden claimed that the ISIS leader detonated a
suicide bomb, killing himself and "taking several members of his family
In a brief statement earlier in the morning, Pentagon Press
Secretary John Kirby had confirmed that U.S. forces "conducted a
counterterrorism mission" inside Syria but did not specify the target
of the raid.
Kirby, who called the operation "successful," also made no mention of
the reported civilian deaths, saying only that "there were no U.S.
casualties." The Pentagon is notorious for underreporting or
covering up civilian casualties in U.S.-led military actions.
Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the
Institute for Policy Studies, told Common Dreams in an email that the
notion that "the killing of 13 civilians in a supposedly counter-terror
operation--including six children and four women--is somehow a
'success' flies in the face of the Biden administration's recent claim
that it is making protection of civilians a new high priority in its
"The so-called 'global war on terror' has, from its origins, been
characterized by attacks by U.S. Special Forces, by airstrikes, by
armed drones, and more, that routinely kill far more civilians than the
targets identified on the 'kill lists' prepared by presidents and top
White House officials," she continued. "The routine recitation of
'there is no military solution to terrorism' has always been an anodyne
rhetorical ploy, never an actual guide to what actions might actually
work to change the conditions that give rise to terrorism."
Bennis went on to note that the "death of founder and former ISIS
leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a 2019 U.S. helicopter raid (which
also led to civilian deaths) was quickly followed by the appointment of
a new leader."
"The killing of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi will likely see the
same result," she warned, "along with the likelihood of new recruits
for ISIS emerging from the families of those other civilians killed and
injured in the attack."
Local residents, first responders, and journalists who witnessed the
U.S. operation Thursday said it included helicopters and F-16
warplanes, which bombed and shelled the area in northwest Syria ahead
of the airdrop raid.
Graphic photos and witness accounts from the scene indicated
significant carnage, with blood covering the floors and walls of a
building that appeared to be a main target of the operation. Images
also showed U.S.-made explosive devices scattered near the scene,
including one from the Colorado-based Ensign-Bickford Aerospace &
The Associated Press reported that the targeted building "contained
a wrecked bedroom with a child's wooden crib on the floor."
"On one damaged wall, a blue plastic swing for children was still
hanging," the outlet observed. "The kitchen was blackened with fire
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