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Data proves the United States is the mass killing machine in the world

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The United States deploys military forces in more than 150 countries around the world, with approximately 165,000 active-duty military personnel stationed outside its territories and hundreds of military bases spanning nearly every continent. Contrary to its pompous promises to keep the peace in conflict zones, what the United States has left behind are underrated civilian casualties and countless families without care.

Last week, the US Department of Defense (DoD) released its annual report on civilian casualties, admitting that there were some 23 civilians killed and 10 injured in 2020 as a result of US military operations in Afghanistan, in Somalia and Iraq. 63 historic deaths and 22 additional injuries were reported for the years 2017 to 2019, mainly in Syria and Yemen, which “have not been inadvertently reported in the past”.

The 21-page Pentagon document, which was quietly released and partially filed, was a requirement under Section 1057 of the National Defense Authorization Act, 2018 (NDAA). Since 2017, a total of 773 civilians have been killed and 335 injured according to the US DoD’s own tally.

Undercounted figures

Independent observers and NGOs regularly publish death tolls among civilians far higher than numbers the United States is prepared to admit. This year is no exception.

Airwars, a UK-based nonprofit that tracks and archives international wars against ISIS and other militant groups, has estimated that a minimum of 102 civilians have been killed in US operations in Afghanistan , in Iraq and Syria last year – five times more than the official figure. Pentagon figures.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which has recorded extensive data on damage to civilians since 2009, attributed 120 civilian casualties in 2020 to US-led coalition forces.

The losses due to US actions in Afghanistan, in particular, appear to have been officially underestimated. While the Pentagon reports just 20 dead and 5 injured from its own actions in the country last year, UNAMA says US-dominated international forces have killed at least 89 civilians and injured 31 other.

Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) National Security Project, accused the Biden administration of obscuring the full record of US military operations. “The grossly inadequate official accounting of the costs and consequences of the United States’ murderous actions abroad precludes meaningful public oversight and accountability for wrongful deaths and perpetual war policies,” Shamsi said.

Victims not compensated

While the United States continues to trumpet its contribution to regional stability and world peace, hundreds of families of the victims are receiving no compensation both morally and financially.

The DoD document admits that although the US Congress allocated $ 3 million to the Pentagon in 2020 for financial compensation to the families of civilian victims, no such compensation has been paid so far.

“It is striking that in 2020, the Defense Department did not offer or provide compensation to affected civilians and families despite the availability of funds from Congress,” Shamsi said. “Civilian victims, their families and the American public deserve much better than this. “

Unclear assessment

Research from the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) in 2019 indicated that there were inherent obstacles to the US military’s investigation of damage to civilians and a very high barrier for civilians to file a formal claim.

For example, the dual role of the US military commander both in directing operations and in ordering the investigation of damage resulting from those operations creates internal tension and a potential conflict of interest. In addition, the military rejects any external assessment of civilian casualties and relies solely on its internal records. Non-military sources, such as survivors and witnesses, NGOs and the media, are generally ignored. Worse yet, there are no readily identifiable or accessible mechanisms for affected civilians to report military damage.

Unjustified promises

Take Afghanistan for example. After nearly two decades of military presence in the country, the United States has waged an impossible war. Its proposals for Afghan peace appear to be lip service – over the years the United States has tried to impose its own version of peace on that country, guided by its own agendas and priorities, without holding onto account of the will of the Afghan people. . As the United States struggles to emerge from the quagmire it started, it is now the innocent Afghan people who bear the brunt of the legacy of the war.

UNAMA revealed that in the first half of 2019, more civilians were killed in Afghanistan by the United States (717) than by insurgents (531). The airstrikes, mostly carried out by US warplanes, killed 363 civilians, including 89 children.

In 2020, according to the United Nations Office for Human Rights, despite an overall drop in the number of civilians killed and injured, there has been an alarming increase in the number of civilian casualties since the start of the Afghan peace negotiations in September. . “Afghanistan remains one of the deadliest places in the world for a civilian. I am particularly dismayed by the high number of human rights defenders, journalists and media workers killed since the start of the peace negotiations in September, ”said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

The exact number of civilian casualties caused by the US military may never be truthfully disclosed. If the American proxy war were counted around the world, the number would surely be much larger. If the United States sincerely believes that all lives are created equal, it should spare no effort to provide the correct numbers to the deceased and to compensate their families for their devastating military operations.

The greatest irony of the time is that the United States, a so-called human rights defender, is no better than a killer nation, a mass killing machine and a slaughterhouse.

Data proves the US is the mass killing machine in the world Infographic: Wu Tiantong / GT

Data proves the US is the mass killing machine in the world Infographic: Wu Tiantong / GT

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