The US Navy Strike Group has begun hitting Islamic State terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria from the eastern Mediterranean Sea after a two-month gap to “demonstrate the tremendous warfighting capability and flexibility” of the Navy.
US President Donald Trump said he’ll establish “safe zones’ within Syria for people fleeing terrorism, risking becoming even more involved in the crisis. He also believes the US should have “taken the oil” from Iraq as it pulled its troops out in 2011.
US officials are trying to massively minimize the real civilian death toll in Iraq and Syria resulting from the American-led coalition’s air strikes, political writer and journalist Dan Glazebrook told RT.
A recent report showing that US-led forces have killed almost 200 civilians in Syria and Iraq since its anti-Islamic State operations began indicates the offensive in Mosul will likely be a lengthy affair, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT.
The US-led coalition has admitted to “unintentionally” killing at least 188 civilians in Syria and Iraq since 2014 when the airstrikes against Islamic State began. The majority of civilian casualty reports were rejected as “non-credible.”
Clearly ISIS militants are desperately trying to sow unrest in Iraq, reverting to guerrilla tactics and trying to scare the population into submission, Catherine Shakdam, Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, told RT.