One Year since the outset of the US bombing campaign “against ISIS” in Syria and Iraq. August 8, 2014 marked the onset of the bombing campaign.
This article was first published in February 2015.
UPDATE (August 22, 2015)
According to figures released by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), “the U.S. and its coalition partners have struck 10,684 targets including 3,262 [so-called] ISIS buildings, 119 commandeered tanks, 1,202 vehicles and 2,577 fighting positions.” The term “ISIS buildings” is a fake concept. Those buildings (including residential areas) are part of the civilian infrastructure of Iraq and Syria. The number of targets struck suggests an intense carpet bombing campaign geared towards the destruction of both Iraq and Syria.
Official figures confirm that over a period of one year (August 8, 2014 to July 31, 2015) approximately “20,000 airstrikes — close air support, escort, and interdiction — have been launched; about 5,200 of those involved the release of at least one weapon.” The cost of Operation Enduring Freedom, which has resulted in countless civilian deaths is officially of the order of 3.5 billion dollars. The overall budget of the DoD is of the order of 650 billion dollars.
Meanwhile, the ISIS which is construct of US intelligence, trained and financed by the US and its allies (including Saudi Arabia, Turkey) has not been defeated. On the contrary it has extended its grip throughout the Middle East.
The bombing raids in Syria, Iraq and more recently Yemen have not been the object of protests by the anti-war movement, nor has…