Amnesty International says US Violated Human Rights is Syria

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Syrian Civilials Under Attack

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: samuel@thethinkering.com

 

The US is being accused of human rights violations for its involvement in Racqa, Syria in 2017. According to Amnesty International civilians are getting international attention due to hundreds of people being injured and killed due to US air bombardments. Reports suggest residents were trapped as fighting ensued in the streets as air raids continued artillery strikes day and night.

The campaign was pointed to the ISIS group who had seized the city. Secretary of US Defense James Mattis promised a “war of annihilation.” Amnesty cited on organizations website, “Supporting Kurdish-led Syrian Defence Forces (SDF) on the ground, US forces and their Coalition partners launched tens of thousands of air and artillery strikes on Raqqa during the operation. In the words of Army Sergeant Major John Wayne Troxell: “In five months they [US Marines] fired 30,000 artillery rounds on ISIS targets… They fired more rounds in five months in Raqqa, Syria, than any other Marine or Army battalion, since the Vietnam War… Every minute of every hour we were putting some kind of fire on ISIS in Raqqa, whether it was mortars, artillery, rockets, Hellfires, armed drones, you name it”.”

The site continues by saying the US launched more than 90% of the air bombardments and all of the artillery strikes. The remainder came from British and French forces with intelligence and fuel for planes.

The citizenry believe the forces came to evict the ISIS group would know their business and would target ISIS and leave the civilians alone. According to Rasha Badran “By the time we realized how dangerous it had become everywhere, it was too late; we were trapped”.

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