Coalition Airstrikes against Syria and Iraq: “Counting” Civilian Casualties, Fake Atrocity Narratives

Washington-led Empire is a global gangster state[1]. It corrupts all organizations that stand in its way, including supposedly “non-governmental” agencies[2].

These agencies are government and/or foundation-funded. They are not neutral.  They serve and advance Empire’s crimes. They fabricate consent by propagating fake narratives, including the attribution of fake atrocity stories to target nations and their leadership. Amnesty International is one such agency. Amnesty’s statistics regarding Coalition bombing campaigns and civilian deaths provide a window into the corruption.

When the U.S.-led Coalition claimed that coalition air strikes in Syria and Iraq killed 1,302 civilians between August 2014 and the end of April 2019[3], we (including Amnesty) had every reason to be incredulous.

Ali al-Bayati, a member of Iraq’s Office of the High Commission for Human Rights claims, for example, that the coalition killed 11,800 civilians, including 2,300 children, and 1,130 women, in addition to 8,000 wounded by shelling [4] during the same period.

These figures are reinforced by the fact that the coalition carried out about 20,000 airstrikes between August 8, 2014 and July 31, 2015, and that they targeted 3,262 “ISIS buildings” which, according to Prof. Chossudovsky, were in fact Iraqi and Syrian civilian infrastructure.[5]

But Amnesty International/Air Wars’ “counter argument” that 1,600[6] civilians were killed in the 2017 Raqqa offensive  alone — that reportedly destroyed 80% of the city, and therefore constituted carpet bombing — is also dubious, first, because these statistics are not consistent with a four month long carpet bombing campaign, and second, because Amnesty International has lost its legitimacy as a reliable source of independent research.

Amnesty International failed when it fabricated fake narratives about Syria’s Saydnaya prison[8].

Amnesty failed when it falsely accused Syria’s highest Sunni religious leader, Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun of authorizing the execution of ordinary citizens.

Amnesty failed when it falsely accused the Syrian government of carrying out a policy of extermination against its own people.

Amnesty failed when it gave the false impression that peaceful Syrian protestors were being imprisoned and executed.

Amnesty failed when it cited the Caesar photographs[9] hoax as “evidence”.

Amnesty fails when it makes accusations against Syria and ignores the Supreme International War Crimes committed by the West and its terrorist proxies[10].

Finally, Amnesty failed when it created false narratives to fabricate consent for Empire’s war crimes against Afghanistan[11], Iraq[12], Libya[13], and beyond.

Amnesty’s vision of “a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments[14]” is clearly a hoax.



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Mark Taliano is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) and the author of Voices from Syria, Global Research Publishers, 2017.


[1] Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, “Terrorism with a “Human Face”: The History of America’s Death Squads

Death Squads in Iraq and Syria. The Historical Roots of US-NATO’s Covert War on Syria.” Global Research. 4 January, 2013. 14 July, 2016. ( Accessed 4 June, 2019.Trump is Playing a “Dirty Game”? Report from Damascus at 4am at the Height of the Bombings

[2] Mark Taliano, “List of Bogus NGOs Which Are CIA/Neocon Fronts Paid to Lie to a Gullible Media.” American Herald Tribune. 1 February, 2019. ( Accessed 4 June, 2019.

[3] Amnesty International and Donatella Rovera, “US-led Coalition Admission of 1,300 Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria.” Amnesty International, 31 May, 2019. Global Research, 1 June, 2019. ( Accessed 4 June, 2019.

[4], 20 ألفمدنيضحاياقصفالتحالفالدوليفيالعراقوسوريا,  1

16 February, 2019.

( Accessed 4 June, 2019.

[5] Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, “Obama’s ‘Fake War’ against the Islamic State (ISIS). The Islamic State is Protected by the US and its Allies.” Global Research, 23 August, 2015, 23 February, 2015. ( Accessed 5 June, 2019.

[6] Air Wars, “U.S. coalition forces in Iraq and Syria.” June, 2019. ( Accessed 4 June, 2019.

[7] Chris Tomson and Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, “Graphic Video: Raqqa City Reduced to Rubble by US Airstrikes, Scores of Residents Killed.” Global Research 24 February 2017, Al Masdar News, 21 February, 2017. ( Accessed 5 June, 2019.

[8] Rick Sterling, “Amnesty International’s ‘Kangaroo Report’ on Human Rights in Syria.” Global Research, 17 May, 2019. ( Accessed 17 May, 2019.

[9] Rick Sterling, “The Caesar Photo Fraud That Undermined Syrian Negotiations. ‘A Pattern of Sensational But Untrue Reports That Lead to Public Acceptance of Western Military Intervention’ “ Dissident Voice, 3 March, 2018. Global Research, 7 March, 2018. ( Accessed 4 June, 2019.

[10] Mark Taliano, “Syria’s Children: ‘Condemned to Live’, Shackled by the Scars of US-NATO Terrorism.” Global Research, 22 April, 2018. ( Accessed 4 June, 2019.

[11] Prof. Tim Anderson, “Afghanistan: Amnesty International lauds war and occupation as ‘progress’ for women.” Links, international journal of socialist renewal. 20 May, 2012. ( Accessed 4 June, 2019.

[12] Felicity Arbuthnot,“Amnesty International: Western instrument of war propaganda.” Voltaire Network. 8 August, 2012. ( Accessed 4 June, 2012.

[13] Research TV, “LIBYA Amnesty International confessing.” 18 January, 2012. ( Accessed 4 June, 2019.

[14] AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S STATUTE, ( Accessed 4 June, 2019.