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Mosul Terror-Bombed to Rubble 

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When America attacks another nation, international, constitutional and US statute laws of war are discarded with imperial arrogance.

They’re for other countries, not the USA, its rules alone followed. The devastating result is always the same.

Wherever the self-styled “indispensable nation” shows up, mass slaughter, horrendous destruction, utter chaos, and appalling human misery follow.

The battle for Mosul will long be remembered by truth-telling historians and analysts as one of history’s great crimes. Iraq’s long ago thriving second largest city of 1.7 million people was turned to smoldering rubble.

Thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of defenseless civilians were indiscriminately massacred – largely by US-led terror-bombing, leveling residential areas and vital infrastructure, the city turned into a moonscape.

UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq Lise Grande explained when the battle for Mosul began last October, US-led coalition and Iraqi forces “committed to a humanitarian concept of operations, which puts civilian protection at the center of their battle plan. They committed to do everything possible in order to ensure civilians were protected during the fighting.”

Instead, indiscriminate mass slaughter and destruction took place throughout months of conflict.

In February 1968, AP foreign correspondent Peter Arnett said the following about the battle for Ben Tre:

“It became necessary to destroy the town to save it,” quoting a US military officer. “He was talking about the decision by allied commanders to bomb and shell the town regardless of civilian casualties, to rout the Vietcong.”

The same applies to numerous other US offensives, including the battle for Mosul. The shocking disregard for human lives and welfare defines all US wars – aggressive ones of choice post-WW II in all cases, never for self-defense, humanitarian intervention and democracy building as falsely claimed.

Two surprising neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post articles discussed the utter devastation of months of war on Mosul.

Maybe Langley was gloating, taking a victory lap, using WaPo to explain the destructive power of America’s military.

One article headlined “How war ravaged the city of Mosul in satellite images,” saying they “show how the conflict has turned a once lively city into rubble.”

Pre-and-post-battle images are stunning – the former taken in November 2015, the latter on July 8. It’s hard comprehending they’re from the same locations in the same city.

They bear testimony to US imperial viciousness. They show high crimes of war and against humanity on an unimaginable scale.

Destroyed areas look like a nuking aftermath. On the ground, no signs of life are visible – residential areas, hospitals, bridges and other infrastructure leveled.

A second article headlined “After Daesh defeat, a daunting search for bodies in the rubble of Mosul,” saying:

“The streets of Mosul’s Old City are littered with bodies, tangled between shattered stones and remnants of the lives they left behind.”

“In the baking summer heat, exhausted rescue crews are now sifting through the debris of the toughest battle against Daesh, also known as ISIS, in what became its final redoubt in the city.”

“As Iraqi ground troops, US-led coalition jets and Daesh militants pulverized the Old City’s winding maze of streets last week, thousands of civilians were caught in the crossfire.’

“(T)he area is now deserted. (A)ll that remains in the Old City is rubble and unknown (numbers) of bodies” – many thousands massacred indiscriminately, largely defenseless civilians, mostly women and children.

Last fall, Washington redeployed thousands of ISIS fighters from Mosul to Syria. It’s unknown how many remained to draw out months of fighting.

Hundreds of corpses already were found “suffocated under the ruins of their homes,” said WaPo. Other bodies so far lie rotting in streets turned into open-air graves.

Mangled and charred bodies are unrecognizable. In dozens of interviews with survivors, WaPo reporters found no one who hadn’t lost a relative or friend.

All US war theaters bear testimony to its might makes right way of operating. Imperial aims alone matter, nothing else.

US War in Syria Far From Over

All post-9/11 US wars of aggression continue directly or indirectly through proxies – endless unresolved conflicts, trillions of dollars spent for imperial madness, the immense human cost of no consequence.

Since Russia intervened in Syria at Assad’s request, the tide of battle turned in favor of government and allied forces, smashing US-supported terrorists, liberating many parts of the country.

Yet conflict continues raging. Political analyst Jamal Wakeem believes long-range US rocket launchers deployed to al-Tanf in southern Syria may be used against government and allied forces, a convenient pretext used as unjustifiable justification.

Regime change remains Washington’s objective, said Wakeem. It wants control over Syria, first by gaining it in northern and southern parts of the country.

“(T)he Americans are trying to block any possibility of a geographical link between Baghdad and Damascus…to marginalize Iran and (Hezbollah)…in preparation for the future strike against the Syrian Army and also against its allies,” Wakeem explained, adding:

“I believe we will see a further escalation of the situation. The Americans know very well that the stability of the regime relies mainly on the stability of the capital, Damascus” – something it wants changed.

Ceasefire in southern Syria was short-lived, discussed in a previous article. On Sunday, Netanyahu said he opposes the Russian/US brokered deal, claiming it “perpetuat(es)” Iranian and Hezbollah presence in the country near Israel’s border.

Tel Aviv and Washington want regime change, pro-Western puppet rule replacing Assad, Syrian sovereignty eliminated, Iran isolated.

US war plans were long ago prepared against the Islamic Republic, likely just a matter of time until they’re implemented.

Netanyahu lied saying “Israel is aware of Iran’s expansionist goals in Syria.” None exist – not now, earlier or likely planned.

Tehran wants regional stability, peace, not war, and the Middle East free from the threat of nuclear weapons along with America’s aggressive presence.

Separately, the Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) web site reported “tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped inside (the) ISIS controlled” city.

US-supported terrorists posing “Syrian Democratic Forces and the” US-led coalition ignore their safety and welfare.

Residential areas are being indiscriminately terror-bombed, the same US-led aggression inflicted on Mosul.

RBSS estimates around 70,000 defenseless civilians trapped in the city. Severe shortages of food, water and medical aid created a “humanitarian disaster…”

When US-led aggression began weeks earlier, most medical professionals fled the city with other civilians, RBSS explained.

“Several private hospitals are now out of service due to the heavy shelling,” the group said. “(O)nly one operating hospital remain(s) inside Raqqa city, but it is not sufficient to provide adequate health services.”

“People living in neighborhoods near the front lines have been obligated by ISIS militants to abandon their houses and move towards the city center so they can be used as human shields. ISIS wishes to prevent as many civilians as possible from fleeing the city…”

Satellite images show vast destruction and “severe damage to houses, properties and infrastructure.”

The battle for control of Raqqa repeats US-led devastation inflicted on Mosul – on a somewhat smaller scale, but just as harmful to city residents, victims of US imperial viciousness.

About the author: Stephen J. Lendman

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

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