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115910 No. 115910 ID: cce514

>The Trump administration is pushing ahead with plans to loosen restrictions on drone strikes, removing the “near certainty” requirement of no civilian deaths outside war zones, according to US media reports.

>It has already given the CIA new authority to launch its own strikes against militants, reported the Wall Street Journal.

>And a senior White House official told The Washington Post that a review of drone policy was almost complete and would roll back other constraints imposed by Barack Obama.

>In particular, it will allow the Pentagon and CIA more autonomy to launch strikes against al-Qaeda and Isil terrorists without needing White House approval.

>“Some of the Obama administration rules were getting in the way of good strikes,” a US official briefed on the matter told NBC News.

>President George W Bush authorised America’s first drone strike in 2004 but the programme was rapidly scaled up by Mr Obama, provoking international condemnation and protests in countries such as Pakistan where CIA attacks were blamed for killing hundreds of civilians.

>As a result, Mr Obama introduced a rule that no strike could take place outside a war zone unless there was a “near certainty” that civilian deaths could be avoided.

>The military or CIA was also required to show an imminent threat to the US.

>The requirements, introduced from 2013 onwards, have on occasion been blamed for hampering timely responses to intelligence but were designed in part to set a global standard for regulation as more countries acquired lethal drone technology.

>Critics said strikes tended to turn civilian populations against Washington and into the arms of recruiters for terrorist organisations, while supporters said there as no more effective way of removing key militant leaders.

>Last July, the American government accepted responsibility for killing up to 116 civilians in strikes in countries where the US was not at war.
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>> No. 115911 ID: f9b63c
>fake dead muslims
Clearly we need larger blast yields.
>> No. 115958 ID: cce514
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>A spokesman for the United States Central Command said the American aircraft had struck a nearby building, but did not hit the mosque.

>"We did not target any mosques,” said Col. John J. Thomas, a spokesman for the Central Command, which has responsibility for American military missions in the Middle East. “What we did target was destroyed. There is a mosque within 50 feet of that building that is still standing.”


>Both the Russian Air Force as well as the United States(-led Coalition) have been accused of targeting the mosque in Al-Jīnah.

>However, a photo showing an alleged weapon remnant found in the rubble of the mosque may reveal more about the perpetrator of the attack.

>The photo was published on Twitter by Sakir Khader, a Dutch journalist, who said he received the photo from local activists on the ground. No results show up in a reverse image search, suggesting the photo has not been indexed by Google and may thus be authentic. The location and authenticity of the photo could not be independently referenced, and we are currently awaiting more photos and videos from the targeted site.

>A text in Latin is visible on the alleged weapon remnant: “WT: 52.0 kg”. ‘WT’ is an abbreviation for ‘weight’, possibly referring to the weight of the missile.

>Interestingly, the specific font and abbreviation are used on US missiles, as can be seen in hundreds of reference pictures of AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, as shown below. This fact, combined with the striking similarity of rivets, paint, et cetera, strongly suggests the photographed object is a remnant of a US AGM-variant.
>> No. 115959 ID: 334c17
No, you are still being yourself.

Now you can pick your choice of words:
>there was no air strike, it is all fake news
>there was an air strike, but in different place and/or different time
>there was an air strike, but there were only terrorists
>there was an air strike, but the civilian deaths are accidental
>there was an air strike, but muslims are not humans anyway
>there was an air strike, but actually Russians did it
Yes you are right, my friend, the right choice is the last one.
>> No. 115985 ID: 334c17
  In other news that will not be reported.

>Members of Russia's State Duma and members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) arrived in Damascus, Monday, ahead of a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, and joint talks between Russian and Syrian parliamentarians.

>The European delegation is represented by 10 parliamentarians from Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Belgium. Among them is leader of the political group, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Jordi Xucla and chairman of the assembly’s committee on legal affairs and human rights Alain Destexhe, according to Slutsky.

>"As part of these meetings, we would like to discuss issues of Syrian settlement and the possible role of parliamentarians in this process and also in solving those tasks defined at the talks in Geneva, Astana and implementing Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council at this stage,"
>> No. 116040 ID: cce514
200+ civilians dead in Iraq from US airstrikes.
>"An initial review of strike data from March 16-23 indicates that, at the request of the Iraqi Security Forces, the coalition struck ISIS fighters and equipment, March 17, in West Mosul at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties," stated a media release from the task force Saturday. A formal review of the March 17 operation "is underway to determine the facts surrounding this strike and the validity of the allegation of civilian casualties," the release said.

>The military’s release came after it earlier announced a review of whether any of three airstrikes in Syria and Iraq over the past week were linked to reported deaths of hundreds of civilians.

>In addition to the March 17 airstrike in western Mosul that reportedly killed 200 civilians, Central Command also said this week it is reviewing a March 16 airstrike near a mosque in al-Jinnah, Syria, that is said to have killed dozens, and an airstrike Monday, March 20, on a school building outside of Raqqa, Syria, that may have also killed dozens of civilians fleeing local fighting.

>U.S. Central Command has also opened a credibility assessment into an airstrike Monday night, March 20, that targeted a school building near Raqqa, ISIS's de facto capital inside Syria.

>The activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights alleges that an airstrike on the school killed 33 civilians who had been seeking shelter from local fighting.
>> No. 116067 ID: 334c17
>“My initial assessment is that we probably had a role in these casualties,” said General Townsend, who commands the American-led task force that is fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But he asserted that “the munition that we used should not have collapsed an entire building.”

>While General Townsend acknowledged an American role in the Mosul strike, he said the allegations that the United States had bombed a school full of refugees in Syria were not credible.


>"It's not a war crime to accidentally kill civilians,” Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. general in Baghdad, told reporters. “It's unfortunate, but it's not a crime because these solders have to make these decisions in seconds sometimes in circumstances that you cannot image unless you have experienced them."

>“It sure looks like they were” forced into the building, Townsend said, noting that ISIS has long used human shields. “The enemy had a hand in this.”

>"It's not a war crime to accidentally kill civilians,”
>It's unfortunate, but it's not a crime

You accidentially your entire reputation.

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