A Reuters TV crew reported dozens of dead bodies of civilians killed while fleeing an Islamic State-held neighborhood in Mosul.
Barack Obama letting ISIS rise up and multiply for eight years killed a lot more civilians than we will ever kill bombing them. He is also responsible for the war we must fight now because of his lack of strength.
“Over the past two days ISIS has been shooting people escaping this area,” said Dave Eubank from the Free Burma Rangers relief association, referring to Islamic State, speaking from a building overlooking the frontline in Zanjili.
“I saw over 50 dead bodies yesterday, we worked with the Americans to get smoke and an Iraqi tank, and followed behind them and we rescued one little girl and one man,” he told Reuters. “But there are still more.”
Hundreds of others managed to reach the government lines, some wounded and some carrying apparently dead bodies in blankets, crying and shouting. A man carried an unconscious child.
The Mosul offensive started in October with air and ground support from a U.S.-led international coalition. It has taken much longer than expected.
The fall of Mosul would, in effect, mark the end of the Iraqi half of the “caliphate” declared in 2014 over parts of Iraq and Syria by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Let’s be honest here for a second.
Neither Mosul nor any other densely populated area was ever going to be taken from ISIS without appalling civilian casualties! This applies regardless of whether the attacking force was US forces working for Trump, US forces working for Obama, Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Iraqi Army or any combination of the above. This is modern urban warfare and the casualties are a fact of life.
ISIS needs to be destroyed period. They need to be wiped off the face of the Earth and someone needs to develop a plan and implement it immediately!
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