Trump Said ‘Take Out The Families’. Coalition Strike Kills 80 ISIS “Relatives”, 33 Children.
During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump said: “With the terrorists, you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.”
On Friday, a US-led coalition air strike on the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen killed at least 80 relatives of Islamic State group fighters, AFP reported Friday.
“The toll includes 33 children. They were families seeking refuge in the town’s municipal building,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told the news agency, according to Daily Mail
“This is the highest toll for relatives of IS members in Syria,” Rahman said.
Trump said during the campaign that he would “knock the hell out of” ISIS and “take out their families,” while criticizing the U.S. for “fighting a very politically correct war.”
Intentionally targeting civilians, including “families of terrorists”, is a war crime.
According to the Britain-based Observatory, between April 23 and May 23 of this year, coalition strikes killed a total of 225 civilians in Syria, including dozens of children.
On Thursday, a Pentagon investigation concluded that at least 105 civilians died in an anti-jihadist air strike on an IS weapons cache in Mosul in March.
Prior to the new revelation, the US military had said coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria had “unintentionally” killed a total of 352 civilians since the airstrikes began.