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    In this Oct. 22, 2014, file photo, thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rises in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border

    Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Obama Dropped 23,144 Bombs in 2015

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    The United States in the past year dropped more than 20,000 bombs on Muslim-majority countries Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, according to a study by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

    In an article published January 7, Micah Zenko, a senior fellow at CFR, states that since January 1, 2015, the United States has dropped an estimated 23,144 bombs in those six countries: 22,110 in Iraq and Syria; 947 in Afghanistan; 58 in Yemen; 18 in Somalia; and 11 in Pakistan.

    "This estimate is based on the fact that the United States has conducted 77 percent of all airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, while there were 28,714 US-led coalition munitions dropped in 2015. This overall estimate is probably slightly low, because it also assumes one bomb dropped in each drone strike in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, which is not always the case," Zenko writes.

    Despite dropping tens of thousands of bombs over the past 17 months, Washington's strategy has failed to defeat Daesh and other Islamic militant groups, Zenko observed.

    In Afghanistan, the Taliban control more territory than at any point since the 2001 US invasion, according to a recent analysis in Foreign Policy magazine.

    Zenko notes that the primary focus of Washington's counter-terrorism strategy is to kill extremists, and that far less attention is paid to prevent a moderate individual from becoming radicalized.

    As a result, "the size of [Daesh] has remained wholly unchanged," Zenko writes.

    In 2014, the Central Intelligence Agency estimated the size of Daesh to be between 20,000-31,000 members. On Wednesday, Colonel Steve Warren, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, estimated the group at 30,000 members, despite Pentagon claims that 25,000 Daesh members have been killed in US air strikes.

    At the same time, the Pentagon claims that only six civilians have "likely" been killed in the course of the bombing campaign.

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      Or were they dropped by the secret US government?
    • Mark Gewiss
      From Ted Rall, a cartoonist who regularly appears in sputnik, regarding Obama:

      "I undermine his image as calm and reasonable with cartoons that show the cold-blooded automaton rubbing his hands with glee as he presides over one assassination-by-drone after another, and surrounds himself with luxury (golfing, hanging out at his multimillion-dollar summer vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard) while ordinary Americans lose their jobs and their homes. Obama, in Rallworld, is a murderous bastard who doesn’t care about you. As were Bush and Clinton."

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      How many bombs did KGB assassin Putin dop?
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      teddy j
      the amazing thing about consistently bringing out the TRUTH , in its starkness of showing the duplicity, hypocrisy, deceitfulness and hollow ''righteousness" of the west and its ''leaders" like obama - is repeating them against the LIES and deceit of western propaganda ALWAYS

      GUARANTEES no amount of ''spin" or ''truthiness" - like giving a WAR CRIMINAL EMPIRE'S crowned ''leader"(s) - can HIDE or shield the criminality they commit forever -- or even for long...

      and in that way -- no matter what they do, with all their destructiveness and cruelty as horrific as they are already so long as they in fact are committed --

      their credibility which they base their 'claims' on keeps getting destroyed..to the point that

      their POWER to impose through that ''authority" that they keep losing through EXPOSURE of their duplicity also diminishes.
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      Nobel Prize of peace has lost its true meaning after giving Obama the peace Prize. The peace Prize should go to Russian Leader Putin for attacking ISIS a USA created group.
    • Mark Gewissin reply toJg38691(Show commentHide comment)

      Answer: not enough.
    • Of course "democratic bombs" to help "freedom fighters" against a "dictator"!
    • USA’s war is peace. And there was a lot given in peace dividends by good ol USA! USA! USA!
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      Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams, good sarcasm
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      King Obama is every bit as destructive as Dick Cheney was.
    • Mother Gorilla
      So that makes it about 3 a day in Afghanistan where they were getting out - that we suppose, is what Obama got the prize for -, over 60 a day in Iraq and Syria (about as much as the Russians lately, as Sputnik says, 600 in the first 10 days of the year), and a bomb every couple of days or weeks in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. If only the US and Russia could agree on keeping Assad and other things, then they could share the prize next year.
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      Korz53, Thanks for noticing =)
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      Yes, he can do and only a Muslim president can do that without any backfire. Muslim killing Muslim not a big deal, but a western white president do it, another 911 will happen does not matter how long it take, I think!
    • Truth Hunterin reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Miss Germany,
      Hello, referring to an article..." England needs U.S. money", I was referring to the fact of the U. S. bearing the financial burden of NATO.
    • Mother Gorillain reply toTruth Hunter(Show commentHide comment)
      Truth Hunter, yes,I understand, you are right, and they and everybody are sick of that NATO that no one, least of all the countries now being occupied or bombed, needs anymore.
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