Up to 13 Syrian Civilians Killed in US Raid on ISIS Leader

Up to 13 Syrian Civilians Killed in US Raid on ISIS Leader
Photo: The Independent [via Reuters]

The Facts

  • Up to 13 civilians, including 6 children and 4 women, were reportedly killed in a Feb. 3 night raid targetting ISIS leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi.

  • At around 1am local time, US Apache helicopters and surveillance drones descended on the Syrian town of Atme to a compound where al-Qurayshi and his family lived.

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

Biden conducted a successful counter-terrorism operation -- following months of sercret planning -- in the midst of Ukraine-Russia tensions, threats from China and Iran, and a global pandemic. This was win for the president and for peace.

Establishment-critical narrative

This raid was an illegal violation of Syria's sovereignty. Though Damascus and Washington agree that ISIS is a terrorist organization, the US had no right to violate Syria's airspace in order to continue its policy of extrajudicial killings under the guise of counter-terrorism.

Cynical narrative

The Pentagon's description of this as "successful" is misleading, given both the number of women and children killed, and past US actions that have benefitted Islamic extremists in Syria.

Establishment split



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