HRW: 30 children dead in U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria

The #TakeaKnee controversy has done a great job in distracting the American people from real issues, including what is still going on overseas.

As leftists rage about President Donald Trump calling football players who kneel “SOBs” and as those on the right talk about patriotism, the U.S. government is still killing civilians in foreign land.

According to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW), 84 civilians, including 30 children, were killed in U.S.-led airstrikes near Raqqa, Syria, in March. The study authors say that U.S.-led coalition forces may have possibly not done enough to avoid civilian casualties, urging military forces to employ better policies moving forward.

The 42-page report entitled “All Feasible Precautions? Civilian Casualties in Anti-ISIS Coalition Airstrikes in Syria” examined the airstrikes that destroyed a school and a market in Tabqa, just west of Raqqa.

“These attacks killed dozens of civilians, including children, who had sought shelter in a school or were lining up buy bread at a bakery,” said Ole Solvang, deputy emergencies director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement. “If coalition forces did not know that there were civilians at these sites, they need to take a long, hard look at the intelligence they are using to verify its targets because it clearly was not good enough.”

With the current administration amplifying attacks, it is possible that even more civilians will die in the future.

President Trump may be an unconventional Commander-in-Chief, but he is following the same pattern as his predecessors: foreign intervention.

It doesn’t matter if it’s Obama or Trump, the U.S. will continue its aggressive mission in the Middle East, even at the cost of children’s lives.

So, as football players take a knee to protest the president’s criticisms of athletes, remember that there is something really to protest: war.


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