The world’s lack of outrage over tens of thousands of civilian deaths in Mosul is shameful

Non-combatants in the city found themselves in a catch-22: told by US-led Coalition forces to get away from Isis positions before they were shelled; yet threatened with execution by Isis if they tried to escape 

The catastrophic number of civilian casualties in Mosul is receiving little attention internationally from politicians and journalists. This is in sharp contrast to the outrage expressed worldwide over the bombardment of east Aleppo by Syrian government and Russian forces at the end of 2016.

Hoshyar Zebari, the Kurdish leader and former Iraqi finance and foreign minister, told me in an interview last week that “Kurdish intelligence believes that over 40,000 civilians have been killed as a result of massive firepower used against them, especially by the Federal Police, air strikes and Isis itself.” The real number of dead who are buried under the mounds of rubble in west Mosul is unknown, but their numbers are likely to be in the tens of thousands rather than the much lower estimates previously given.


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  1. The kind of damage we see in Photos from Mosul show us that the major damage seems to be from air strikes rather than from weapons used by ISIS. (I am not defending the murderous so-called ISIS, just observing the damage). The US seems to still have the same strategy like in Vietnam: let’s destroy the region so that we can liberate it…

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