“Mistake” US Air Strike Kills Nearly 60 Civilians In Syria

During the bombing campaign against ISIS, the US military “mistook” a large group of civilians for enemy combatants and bombed them. Almost sixty civilians were killed in the attack. Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?), John Iadarola (ThinkTank), and Michael Shure, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

"US air strike killed nearly 60 civilians, including children, in Syria on Tuesday after the coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters.

Some eight families were hit as they tried to flee fighting in their area, in one of the single deadliest strikes on civilians by the alliance since the start of its operations in the war-torn country.

Pictures of the aftermath of the dawn strikes on the Isil-controlled village of Tokhar near Manbij in northern Syria showed the bodies of children as young as three under piles of rubble.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes appeared to have been carried out in error, with the civilians mistaken for Islamist militants.

It is thought Tuesday’s bombing was among the first by jets taking off from Incirlik air base in Turkey since it reopened after the failed coup.”*

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73 Comments

  1. if the republicans are so obsessed with calling any attack “islamic
    extremist terrorism”, what do they call this?

  2. Imagine if we never got involved in the middle east, how many lives would
    we have saved!

    • +Stefan S1984 America’s entrance into the middle East is what sparked Isis.
      So yes, their civil terrorism would be bad, but it would not have reached
      these heights.

    • If the coalition forces didn’t intervene the Kurdish population of Kobane
      (possibly all of Syria) would be dead or refugees, the only Kurds that ISIS
      would keep alive would be sex slaves that would spend the rest of their
      lives being raped by jihadists. If I was American I would be very proud of
      the fact that their airforce has prevented a genocide in Rojava. Also In
      2014 when the ISF was collapsing, ISIS could of potentially made it to
      Bagdad, if there was no coalition support they would likely have succeeded.

    • None at all, probably, because the Middle Eastern countries have a
      century-long habit of fighting and butchering each other.

    • +Elin Nevi Assad thugs infiltrate rebel groups. make bad things then run
      away.

      the group apologizing does not mean those peopl are not Assad people ,
      investigation will tell the truth soon , they are investigating it

    • if only we can change the peace prize from the man who’s it’s named after,
      name it after someone who connected to real peace

    • The Nobel Peace Prize is not worth a thing anymore if you check out the
      names who won it. Henry Kissinger, Obama…really?

  3. Let’s not be surprised when the United States gets terrorized next time and
    then try to explain the attribution to that aggression.

    • +Mathieu Poulin Don’t agree with cognitive distortion of facts to make an
      event appear less threatening.

    • Europe should charge the USA a billion dollars for every 10 victims of
      US-incited terrorism. Maybe then the USA will start being more careful.

  4. Al Shabaab just murdered 120 students, one of the biggest terrorists
    attacks in Africa. No media coverage or a national outcry like there is for
    France. #NoFucksGiven

    • ((( jason bourne )))) and how many palestinian children has your tribe
      murdered just this month?

    • Are you French or living in France? I am not saying that there is a lot of
      black French reporter on national tv but I can think of 2 of them right now
      : Audrey Pulvar and Harry Roselmack. So if you never seen one, maybe it is
      because you haven’t looked well.

    • +Jason Bourne so you justify being racist because other people are racist?
      That makes it okay?

  5. Obviously an accident..just like the My Lai massacre in Vietnam was an
    accident.

    • +VisibleSigns so I guess you couldn’t find anybody who took this event as
      lightly as you claimed… I’m not surprised!
      It is counter productive to lump all death as equals…. Not all death are
      equal, a 15 year old being killed with malicious intent is not the same as
      a 89 year old woman passing away naturally.

      Some risks have to be taken, by driving you are endangering many lives. Yet
      driving is a necessity for many. Bombing Isis is I would argue an absolute
      necessity.
      Finally, I would rather die from an accident than being murdered, I doubt
      being alone in this. So please don’t presume it doesn’t matter to these
      victims or their family, you really don’t know!

    • +icecool222 pffff watched many of his videos not a single racist thing. I’m
      sure many racists watch the Simpsons, going to call that show racist? The
      fact you can’t produce a single example speaks volume. You sir are a crappy
      human being and seriously lack integrity!

  6. “I don’t understand why the average Syrian, Iraqi, Afghani, Pakistani,
    Yemeni would want to join Islamic terrorist groups when our American
    soldiers are risking their lives to bring them freedom and democracy”

    Your average American brainwashed into thinking that their military always
    fights for a noble cause and does no wrong

    • +Roger Nelson sam harris hahahaha hahahhsh hahaah.Stfu keep burying your
      head in the sand.They do thsi because u kill their families each day.But u
      want to ignore it and blame it on relegion.Typical ignorant atheist.

  7. The problem with war now is that it isn’t personal anymore. You don’t have
    to look at the people you blow up or shoot down. Maybe if you still had to
    look them in the eye, we wouldn’t be “accidentally” blowing up innocents.
    How do we allow this over and over? What can we do?

    • The problem with war now is that its just another industry. Like the
      Internet of Things or Construction. You make weapons, you kill people, your
      bottom line improves.
      The issue isn’t that war isn’t personal enough. You know what would happen
      if the US sent troops in full?
      ….
      They’d make more weapons, they’d kill more people, and their bottom line
      would improve.

    • +mizofan WOW. Very profound and deeply soul penetrating statment you just
      made there.

    • +AR Rains “human error” that costed lives, they are the same because both
      have casualties. And the U.S has done this too many times for it to be a
      “mistake”.

  8. Over 120 civilians dead now.
    Australian media won’t even cover the story.
    They hate us because of our freedoms? Yeah right.

    • +Wc91 come off it. That’s what differentiates Western Civilization from
      russian, islamist terrorist scum and their leftist symphatizers

    • If we don’t care about killing civilians then we’re no better than them.
      Where’s your high horse now?

    • +AlkamistStar This is war. And this incident, civilian casualties, merely a
      side effect. That’s why violence and war should always be avoided if at all
      possible.

    • America created the power vacuum in that area, so yeah America should be
      expected to clean up the mess we created.

    • The only way this issue will EVER resolve itself is to pull out completely
      and let them rebuild themselves with financial assistance from the US. I’m
      sorry, but Bush fucked it all up and drug us into a war that will never,
      ever end. We need to accept what we’ve done, apologize for it, and assist
      without any more killing or retaliation..

  9. This has been going on for years. Is this really even a surprise? Our
    government is one of the biggest terrorist organizations on the planet.
    Sincerely, a veteran of the Marine Corps.

    • +Leo Bat you’re an idiot. This is not a one-off mistake. This happens
      plenty of times, and like I have stated in previous arguments in this
      thread, we have supported murderous regimes, examples like: Pol Pot, Ngo
      Dinh Diem, Bautista, Mujahideen (Bin Laden was apart of that one when
      Ronald Reagan was funding them), proxy wars with the Middle East, over
      throwing secular leaders of the Middle East in the 50’s, hell even in the
      linked pentagon papers in 2014 revealed that in a 5 month period of 2013,
      air strikes in places like Syria missed their intended target 90% of the
      time. But keep being misinformed, idiot.

    • +Chris Williams What matters is not how common it is, but what their motive
      is. Killing civilian because you think the potential benefit outwheight the
      potential cost is not terrorism, it’s war.
      Likewise, supporting murderous regimes isn’t terrorism either, it’s just a
      really shitty and unethical foreign policy.

    • Lol dont listen to this guy, he’s the same idiot who thinks religion is the
      root of all evil and that the bible is repulsive.

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