US dropped 23,144 bombs on Muslim countries in 2015: Report
The United States has dropped over 23,000 bombs on six Muslim-majority countries in 2015, according to new statistics, an illustration of how much damage Washington inflicts on the Muslim world.
The Council of Foreign Relations (CRF), a New York-based think tank, has estimated that 23,144 bombs were dropped last year by the US on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
About 77 percent of the US airstrikes purportedly targeted the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, CRF said, citing several sources, including US Airpower Statistics and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Details on the extent of destruction and the civilian deaths caused by American weapons have not been provided.
CFR’s report indicates that US bombardments in Iraq and Syria failed to weaken Daesh terrorists or decrease the number of their members.
Pentagon officials claim that at least 25,000 ISIL fighters have been killed since US airstrikes began in Iraq and Syria in 2014. At the same time, the CIA admits that the size of the group has remained wholly unchanged.
Remarkably, the CFR claims that alongside the 25,000 militants killed, only 6 civilians have “likely” been killed in the seventeen-month air campaign.
The report also indicates that despite the bombings in Afghanistan, the Taliban militants took control of more ground in the country.
In October last year, US President Barack Obama announced plans to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan through 2016 and 5,500 in 2017, reneging on his promise to end the war there and bring home most American forces from the Asian country before he leaves office.
The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but after more than 14 years, the foreign troops have still not been able to establish security in the country.