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    Collateral Crisis: Civilian Deaths in Syria, Iraq Skyrocket Under Trump

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    Civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria have skyrocketed following new military missions authorized by US President Donald Trump and his advisors.

    Over the past six months Trump has ordered an increase in airstrikes and other projections of force by the US and its allies in Syria and Iraq, resulting in a sharp rise in collateral deaths.

    The increasing show of force, designed to oust Daesh from strongholds in the area, have seen helicopter gunships and fighter jets fire on extremist positions in support of Free Syrian Army and Kurdish Peshmerga ground troops — all authorized by Trump's White House, cited by Middle East Monitor.

    In just his first six-months in office, Trump and his advisors in the White House have been responsible for some 2160 civilian deaths, or about 360 each month, according to NGO Airwars.

    Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria by the US-led coalition were previously shown to kill an estimated 80 civilians per month during the administration of former US President Barack Obama, as reported by the NGO.

    Airwars monitors the fight against Daesh, noting strikes, missions, deaths, and a litany of other disturbing data detailing an ongoing regional conflict that has resulted in what the United Nations has called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

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    collateral damage, civilian casualties, civilian deaths, Migrant Crisis, World War II, Daesh, United Nations, Peshmerga, Free Syrian Army (FSA), Pentagon, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Syria, Iraq, United States
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