The US Is Bombing Syria So Much That Watchdogs Can’t Keep Up


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The sheer number of US Coalition airstrikes is diverting civilian casualty counters away from investigating Russian bombings.

By Ben Sullivan | MOTHERBOARD

Allegations of civilian casualties as a result of United States coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have swelled so much since January that airstrike watchdog Airwars can’t keep track. Unable to keep up with the number of bombings by both Russia and the United States coalition, the organization announced today that it no longer has the resources to carry out its typical investigations of Russian airstrikes, and is devoting its resources to the US-led coalition bombing campaign only.

Airwars, a civilian casualty monitor established by journalists in 2014, is now concentrating all of its detailed investigatory work, relied upon by NGOs, peace campaigners, and the media, on „an unprecedented number“ of alleged Coalition civilian casualty events.

For a small team, operating on an annual budget of less than $200,000, there just aren’t enough resources to continue the detailed assessment of alleged Russian actions in Syria, project leader Chris Woods told Motherboard over the phone today.

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