PENTAGON DOCUMENT SHOWS U.S. KNEW OF “CREDIBLE” REPORTS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AFTER ITS ATTACKS IN SOMALIA | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

PENTAGON DOCUMENT SHOWS U.S. KNEW OF “CREDIBLE” REPORTS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AFTER ITS ATTACKS IN SOMALIA

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
On April 1, 2018, the U.S. military carried out an airstrike near El Buur, a town in central Somalia. A press release issued by U.S. Africa Command a day later announced that the attack killed five “terrorists” and destroyed one vehicle.

In reality, these “terrorists” included a civilian woman and a child.

AFRICOM, however, told the world a different story. “We assess no civilians were killed in this airstrike,” the command claimed, a regular feature of press releases following U.S. attacks in Somalia. A year later, AFRICOM publicly admitted those two, but only those two, civilian deaths. “This is our first confirmed civilian casualty incident in Somalia,” AFRICOM’s chief spokesperson, John Manley, told The Intercept in the aftermath of the reversal.

AFRICOM contends that hundreds of airstrikes and commando missions in the past 10 years have killed or injured only two civilians in Somalia. This flies in the face of scores of local accounts as well as investigations by international journalists and human rights organizations, including a recent report by Amnesty International. And The Intercept has obtained an AFRICOM document, through the Freedom of Information Act, that shows the command itself has long been aware of multiple attacks that left civilians dead or wounded following operations by U.S. or allied forces.

The document was produced by a team of AFRICOM personnel that conducts credibility assessments of civilian casualty, or CIVCAS, allegations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"....credibility assessments??????

You have got to be flipping kidding me.

There can be no credibility, coming from a place in the US military, where cover-ups, denials, and plausible deniability, are always the name of the game.

The people involved with this, should be called SANITIZERS, as their job, is to present the most clean, fact-free statements, in a time-limited sound bite.

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The US Military....

Ethan Allen and...

has murdered upwards of 30 million civilians since the end of WW2.That ranks them above Hitler and Stalin and puts them into a close race with Mao Tse Tung. Not something to be proud of.

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