Trump’s air force kills ISIS’ prisoners

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Recently, United States President Donald Trump authorized the use for the first time ever of the world’s biggest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan. ‘Against ISIS‘; but among the dead were prisoners of ISIS.

And today, from the BBC:

Syria war: Air strike on IS [ISIS] prison in Mayadin ‘kills dozens’

Almost 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a prison run by so-called Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 42 prisoners … died when the facility near Mayadin, in Deir al-Zour province, was hit on Monday.

The Deirezzor24 news website said dozens of civilians and [anti ISIS] Syrian rebel fighters were detained there.

A coalition spokesman said it was looking into the casualty reports.

Mayadeen, which lies in the Euphrates river valley about 45km (28 miles) south-east of the city of Deir al-Zour, has been targeted frequently by coalition aircraft. …

The Syrian Observatory, a UK-based group that monitors the country’s six-year civil war through a network of sources on the ground, said the prison was hit at dawn on Monday by what were believed to have been coalition aircraft.

According to Dutch NOS TV, a Syrian pro-Damuscus government TV station has confirmed the report of the anti-Damascus government Observatory, saying ISIS had imprisoned many civilians there.

Deirezzor24, which is run by an activist collective, reported that the facility was located near the village of Tayibiya wa al-Maaharufa, and that it had once been the home of a commander of al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda-linked group now known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. …

It put the death toll at 60, but said it only included two militants serving as guards. …

At the start of June, the coalition said its 21,035 air strikes in Syria and Iraq since 2014 had unintentionally killed at least 484 civilians. However, human rights groups believe the true figure is far higher.

Airwars, an organisation that tracks allegations of civilian deaths, estimates that at least 4,118 civilians are likely to have died.

Locals Recall Aftermath of US “Mother of All Bombs” Strike in Afghanistan. “In truth, the US wanted to show Iran, China, Russia and North Korea – the countries that have nuclear weapons – that they cannot compete with the US in an area where the latter has vested interests”. The people of Afghanistan continue to deal with the physical and emotional aftermath of events that transpired one year ago when the US military dropped one of the biggest non-nuclear bombs ever made in their country: here.

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan at near-record level this year, according to U.N. report. The Western-backed war effort has continued to suffer from a number of problems, including low morale among Afghan troops and corruption among military officials. By Pamela Constable: here.

A US air strike early Monday killed dozens of civilians near the Euphrates River town of Mayadin in Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zour province: here.

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