NY Times: US Hid True Toll of Air Wars; Thousands of Dead Civilians, Many of Them Children, by The Common Dreams Staff

Why does it take years for the true costs of America’s wars to be tallied, if they’re ever tallied at all? From the Common Dreams staff at commondreams.org:

President Barack Obama called it “the most precise air campaign in history”

Thousands of previously hidden Pentagon documents show that the US air wars in the Middle East have been marked by “deeply flawed intelligence” and have killed thousands of civilians, many of them children, according to a shocking new report in the New York Times Saturday afternoon.

The 5-year Times investigation received more than 1,300 reports examining airstrikes in Iraq and Syria from September 2014 to January 2018, more than 5,400 pages in all. None of these records show any findings of wrongdoing on the actions of the US military.

The Times reporting confirms many of the previous reports by whistleblowers Daniel Hale, Chelsea Manning and others. On July 27, 2021, whistleblower Hale was sentenced to 45 months in federal prison for exposing the true civilian toll of the US drone program. “I am here because I stole something that was never mine to take — precious human life,” Hale said at his sentencing.

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