I felt compelled to write this article here today after coming across a piece of information that downright enraged me yesterday. This would be the news that, according to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense at least, UK forces have only killed 1 civilian in combat throughout the course of the Syrian Civil War and War in Iraq. The official report, along with files and statistics, was officially published by a European Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) going by the name of Action On Armed Violence towards the end of February – a report which also pretends to claim that British Forces are only responsible for the deaths of approximately 4,315 enemy combatants dating back to the beginnings of these armed conflicts dating back to 2003 and 2011.
However, according to another NGO going by the name of Rogue Security Labs, this report is absolutely asinine – and you can quote me on that. I say this because, according to UNICEF, over 560,000 people have died in the Syrian Civil War alone since the start of 2011. And according to Iraq Body Count (IBC), over 193,000 people have died in Iraq since the start of the War in 2003. This is not to mention the millions whom have been displaced by violence over the years, nor those who have died as a result of disease, famine or lack of resources in these countries over the same time period. Considering that the UK has been the single largest participant/donor to the US led coalition over the course of the last two decades, it’s an utterly absurd notion to think/state that the UK is only responsible for a little over 4,000 deaths. I mean honestly, who are they actually trying to fool or convince?
@realDonaldTrump @theresa_may @jeremycorbyn With over 1/2million dead, millions displaced, just like they did after bombarding S.Vietnam, Iraq and Libya, US and UK abandons Syria!
”Donald Trump says Syria is 'sand & death', as he defends US withdrawal from a war 'lost long ago' pic.twitter.com/7CDVFN5NIA
— Ndung'u Wa Kahugu (@wa_kahugu) January 4, 2019
In response to news of the release yesterday, a spokesperson from Amnesty International stated: these statistics “beggars belief and show just how deeply in denial the Ministry of Defense is in its role of mass bombings – particularly in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria.” Adding that “The US-led Coalition has admitted killing hundreds in Iraq and Syria. Why can’t the British own up to their role in this? The days in which powerful nations can subject foreign territories to massive bombardment and then refuse to admit and accept responsibility for the civilians that they kill and injure must be consigned to history.”
To serve as proof refuting the MoD’s release, which can be found in its entirety at the very bottom of this article, Amnesty International has decided to republish all of their investigatory reports from recent battles in Iraq and Syria – evidence of just how widespread civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria have been, exposing just how ridiculous the MoD’s publication really is.
Full 70 pg Report – “WAR OF ANNIHILATION” The Devastating Toll The Syrian Civil War Has Taken On The Civilians of Raqqa, Syria: https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE2483672018ENGLISH.PDF
No Where To Run, Trapped In Raqqa, Syria: https://raqqa-syria.amnesty.org/
Full 36 pg Investigative Report – Civilians Trapped In The Battle for Raqqa: https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE2469452017ENGLISH.PDF
Civilians Bombed In Mosul, Iraq After Being Told Not To Flee Their Homes: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/03/iraq-civilians-killed-by-airstrikes-in-their-homes-after-they-were-told-not-to-flee-mosul/
Full 50 pg Report – At Any Cost, The Civilian Casualties As The US Led Coalition Fights for Mosul, Iraq: https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE1466102017ENGLISH.PDF
Download MoD’s Report for Yourself: https://roguemedialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/UK_Ministry_of_Defense_Iraq_Syria_Casuality_List.pdf
Download Collated Data/Spreadsheet from Report: https://roguemedialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Enemies-KilledWounded-in-Action.xlsx
UK Ministry of Defense Causalities Report 2019:UK_Ministry_of_Defense_Iraq_Syria_Casuality_List