U.S. drone strikes in war-torn Middle East are often based on flawed intelligence. Even drone strikes are carried out on the wrong target. And the casualties are civilians. That’s according to a Pentagon release. Khabar Al Jazeera.
More than 1,300 civilians have been killed in the Middle East in the past decade, according to Pentagon classified documents. The information came from an investigative report in the New York Times, based on secret Pentagon documents.
The New York Times was investigating several incidents of US airstrikes in the Middle East. In doing so, some of the Pentagon’s secret documents came into the hands of the media. The New York Times reports that the United States has not admitted to any wrongdoing or taken disciplinary action against anyone. Relatives of the victims have been compensated in a few cases. However, over the past five years, US forces have carried out more than 50,000 attacks in war-torn Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
The report discusses Syria as an example. On July 19, 2016, US forces claimed to have killed 75 Islamic State (IS) fighters in a drone strike in northern Syria. But a New York Times investigation found that more than 120 people were killed in the attack. All the victims were innocent villagers.
The same thing happened in Iraq. The U.S. military says a car bomb had exploded at an Iraqi police recruiting center at Kisak, west of Mosul. But a New York Times investigation found that the information was inaccurate. A man named Majid Mahmud Ahmed, his wife and two children were in the car at the time of the attack. They were all killed in the attack. Three more civilians were killed.
The report goes on to say that the US military has routinely failed to protect civilians in bombings against IS. The United States has killed at least 10 people in a drone strike following a suicide bombing at Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan in August. The Pentagon initially claimed responsibility for the attack. However, a New York Times investigation found that 10 civilians were killed. Members of the same family.
Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, told the New York Times: This is due to incomplete or incorrect intelligence information. We want to learn from these mistakes in conducting attacks more effectively in the coming days. Because every life is priceless. ‘
The United States has been widely criticized for increasing the number of US troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a result, airstrikes in the Middle East became widespread during the tenure of former US President Barack Obama. The United States has gradually reduced its troop numbers and increased drone strikes. Barack Obama called the airstrikes “the most perfect operation in history.” The attacks continued under former US President Donald Trump.