‘Precision airstrikes’ don’t exist, civilians pay the price

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“Strive.” “Lawfulness.” “An honest mistake.” “Unintended consequences.” “Access to classified intelligence.” These are words that come up repeatedly in US justifications of “regrettable” civilian casualties caused by US or US supported military operations. The US military responded similarly to this week’s bombshell investigative reporting by Azmat Khan in the New York Times revealing that Pentagon documents regarding alleged civilian harm in 1,311 airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan — the “Civilian Casualty Files” or CCF — highlight “a system of impunity” rather than a system of accoun…

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