Rabat - Syrian activists estimate that U.S. airstrikes on Tuesday morning in Manbij left at least left at least 73 civilians dead.
Rabat – Syrian activists estimate that U.S. airstrikes on Tuesday morning in Manbij left at least left at least 73 civilians dead.
The strike was part of U.S. attempts to claim the town of Manbij, a key site in northern Syria. US Central Command reported that the airstrikes destroyed ISIS infrastructure in the region. Chief spokesman Col. Christopher Garver told The Guardian that ISIS is using civilians as “human shields” in the Manjib area, possibly explaining for any civilian deaths.
Although a number of civilians comparable to the number killed in Nice reportedly died in the bombing Tuesday morning, American news outlets did not widely report on the issue. Even the New York Times, which generally provides balanced coverage of events overseas, did not place the civilian deaths on the front page on Tuesday or Wednesday. As of Wednesday afternoon, the headline “Dozens of Civilians Reported Dead in U-S. Led Syria Airstrike” did not appear in the featured section of the World News page. It was the fourteenth entry in a list of additional articles below, under a story about dental health and the art scene of an Italian town.