According to the Pentagon, the U.S. coalition partners are to be blamed for at least 80 civilian casualties in Syria and Iraq. At the same time, none of them will have to take responsibility for what they have done. As Foreign Policy reported, that is caused by an agreement between the member countries of the coalition. According to it, in official reports, the statistics of civilian casualties will be general and impersonal – without indicating the country responsible for them. Instead, only one side will take the blame – the coalition
by Anna Jaunger, for The International Reporter:
Apparently, the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) believes that it would be more convenient either for its coalition partners, who don’t benefit from confessing for the murder of civilians, and for the United States. In addition, it will also allow them to hide their crimes and escape responsibility for the death of civilians.
Nowadays, such a decision is highly relevant for Washington. Earlier, Inside Syria Media Center reported that, in the period between April 23 to May 23, the Coalition’s air strikes led to the death of the highest death toll since the international air campaign began in September 2014 – about 300 civilians. It also should be mentioned that these air strikes were mainly carried out by the U.S. Air Force.
According to Airwars organization, the U.S.-led coalition has carried out 21,812 air strikes since 2012. It is noteworthy that only 4,000 of them have been conducted by the Air Force of the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Australia, and the Netherlands.
FP also reported that the decision about the generalization of responsibility for the death of civilians will justify itself in the upcoming active phase of the military operation in Raqqa. Taking into account that the U.S. contingent is participating in it, it is obvious that it would be advantageous for Washington to shuffle off the responsibility to the actions of the coalition.
Of course, such a decision is unlikely to radically change anything. In any case, it is clear who exactly spreads chaos and destruction across the region.
Yet for families who have lost a loved one, their ability to know which country was bombing them — or who might be liable — is slowly going up in smoke.