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Unlike Moscow, Washington 'Couldn't Care Less About Civilian Casualties'

© REUTERS / Ruairidh Villar/Save the ChildrenPeople walk along a street as smoke rises near Qayyarah, south of Mosul, Iraq
People walk along a street as smoke rises near Qayyarah, south of Mosul, Iraq - Sputnik International
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Washington has traditionally focused on completing combat missions with minimal US losses and paid no attention to non-American civilian casualties, political analyst Oleg Glazunov of the Moscow-based Plekhanov Russian University of Economics told Radio Sputnik. Mosul, he added, will be no exception.

Glazunov explained that the operation to free the second largest city in Iraq, home to around 1.5 million people, consists mainly of urban combat.

"Military aircraft usually do not take part in urban combat since it is hard to tell ally from an enemy," he said. "But Americans couldn't care less about these things. … For Washington, there are US citizens and all the rest who present no interest to the US."

Russia's operation in Syria, including Aleppo, he added, shows that Moscow is making every effort to protect civilians.

© Sputnik / Mikhail Alaeddin / Go to the photo bankHumanitarian corridor in northern Aleppo
Humanitarian corridor in northern Aleppo - Sputnik International
Humanitarian corridor in northern Aleppo

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"We tried to remove the militants from Aleppo in a bid not to launch air strikes on civilians. It's better to destroy radicals in rural areas than in the city," the analyst said, referring to the ongoing moratorium on combat flights over Aleppo and Russia's humanitarian efforts in the embattled city.

Earlier on Thursday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Air Force have refrained from conducting airstrikes in a 10-km (six-mile) zone around Aleppo. In addition, Moscow and Damascus have encouraged civilians and unarmed militants to leave the second largest Syrian city through eight humanitarian corridors.

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On Tuesday, Russian General Staff Chief Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said the US-led coalition conducted airstrikes on residential areas, schools and other civilian infrastructure in Mosul and the Nineveh province, leaving more than 60 civilians died and 200 were wounded in the US-led coalition's airstrikes in three days.

"Americans don't care. Mosul is not a US city. Americans have always handled civilian casualties without gloves," Glazunov lamented. "The key goal for Americans is to carry out a mission with minimal American losses. They don't care about the rest."

© REUTERS / Alaa Al-MarjaniAn American soldier takes a selfie at the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul October 25, 2016
An American soldier takes a selfie at the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul October 25, 2016 - Sputnik International
An American soldier takes a selfie at the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul October 25, 2016

The analyst pointed to other military operations carried out by the US in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia.

"Take Vietnam, for instance, where they used napalm and carried out carpet bombings. They don't care how many people die in the process as long as the mission is accomplished," he said. "They have always gotten away with it. Not a single investigation has been conducted."

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The situation in Syria is no better.

On Wednesday, Neil Sammonds, an Amnesty International researcher, told Sputnik that Washington "does not appear to be making enough of an effort to assess the site that it is going to hit, whether there are civilians in the area." In some cases, the US military appears to have targeted certain areas without "a clear military objective" or "perhaps as a result of inadequate intelligence."

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