Contrary to popular belief, President Donald Trump has kept one of his campaign promises: to “bomb the shit” out of ISIS. According to the US Central Command, or Centcom, between the beginning of February and the end of April, 285 deaths had occurred from Operation Inherent Resolve. However, Centcom has been known to be conservative in their estimates, as they are a government run agency.
According to the watchdog organization Airwars, as of July 13th, the Trump Administration’s airstrikes in Iraq and Syria had killed nearly 2,200 civilians, compared to the 2,300 killed between 2014 and 2016 under the Obama Administration. This means that while 80 civilians died per month under the Obama Administration, about 360 civilians die each month under the Trump Administration.
While several factors for this increase in civilian deaths have to be accounted for, such as the battles for Mosul and Raqqa, the main reason for this increase is the way Trump handles the military. Unlike President Obama, President Trump has given US military leaders the ability to call an airstrike without any approval from the central government.
As the conflicts in the Middle East continue, civilian casualties are expected to increase. While diplomacy may be a way to lessen the death toll, it appears that President Trump will continue to “bomb the shit out of them.”
Sources compiled by Andrew Moore
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Hart, Benjamin. “Report: U.S. Air Strikes Killing Far More Civilians Under Trump.” Daily Intelligencer, July-Aug. 2017. New York Magazine.
Mortimer, Caroline. “Donald Trump’s campaign against Isis results in nearly as many civilian deaths as during Obama’s entire administration.” Independent, 17 July 2017. Independent.