The United States has killed at least 22,000 civilians through airstrikes during the “war on terror” that has been going on for 20 years. It is also not excluded that their number could be as high as 48 thousand, this was reported in The Guardian with reference to the analysis of the Airwars monitoring group on Tuesday, September 7.
The figures were released on the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Since 2001 the United States has launched nearly 100,000 air strikes on territories in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.
The deadliest year in this regard was 2003 – probably during that year air strikes killed at least 5,529 civilians. In 2017, when the U.S. struck IS terrorists, between 4,931 and 19,623 civilians may have been killed.
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) representative in Kabul, Gervais de Lis, reported on August 30 that a U.S. missile strike on the Afghan capital the day before killed seven children. A strict curfew was imposed in Kabul the same day after the U.S. strike. White House press secretary Jen Psaki later said the U.S. administration could not confirm this information.
On August 27, the U.S. Armed Forces Central Command reported that the U.S. military launched an airstrike in Nangarhar province, targeting IS militants.
The U.S. strikes were preceded by a series of bombings in Kabul on August 26, which killed almost 200 people. The victims included American servicemen, two British citizens and the child of a British citizen. According to the Pentagon, IS terrorists could be involved in the attacks.
Then the American president Joe Biden made a speech during which he promised to “track down” the perpetrators of the attack and “make them pay” for what they had done. In addition, the head of the White House said that he would hold himself responsible for what happened.