As today marks the 4th anniversary of the start of the U.S intervention in Syria, a war monitor is reporting that U.S led airstrikes targeted in Raqqa have killed 29 civilians, including 14 children in the span of 24 hours on Monday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the dead include an entire family of 14 that had just arrived to Raqqa on the path of escaping from North West Syria. The organization also reported that U.S backed rebel groups in Syria are carrying out much carnage, especially in ISIS controlled territories.
United Nations war crime investigators in June expressed concern at the rising number of civilian deaths in the fight for Raqqa. According to the head of the U.N commission of inquiry Paulo Sergio, “Intensified air strikes had caused staggering loss of civilian life and led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes,”
Another report shows that now US backed forces control half of the city of Raqqa.
With Donald Trump ramping down on the tensions with Assad and Russia as shown by his recent decision to stop our ongoing program to fund and provide weapons to ‘anti-Assad rebels’ it seems to some we can be optimistic that our tax dollars are no longer going to be wasted on a counterproductive aid policy, which merely has extended the duration of the conflict. Political science research suggests, in almost all cases, the more actors involved in a civil war, the longer and bloodier it ends up becoming. One of the main reasons for this is because ceasefires and concessions are harder to come into an agreement with on a more complex geopolitical bargaining table (consisting of more actors with their own various interests).