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For the past year, the skies over Syria and Iraq have seen the most devastating deployments of air power in recent times. There have been a reported 6,000 coalition air strikes, manned and unmanned. Some 20,000 bombs have been dropped. Coalition spokesmen maintain this has “turned the tide on Isis”. Britain’s defence secretary, Michael Fallon, said this week that British bombs have killed 330 Isis fighters and incidentally no civilians, an implausible claim. He nowhere indicated what tactical or strategic goal was won thereby.
Effective opposition has come not from western bombers or recent, farcical attempts to “train” insurgents, Bay-of-Pigs style. It has come from motivated Hezbollah and Peshmerga troops, reportedly being reinforced by Russian units. The only intervention likely to work in Syria just now is from Moscow.
British bombs have killed 330 Isis fighters and incidentally no civilians,
Airwars, a British-based monitoring group, estimates that the U.S. coalition has conducted nearly 6,200 airstrikes targeting the Islamic State since August of last year. The group estimates that at least 15,000 ISIS fighters and 489 civilians have been killed in the bombings.
Bombing is immoral, stupid and never wins wars
originally posted by: StanFL
a reply to: OpenMindedRealist
I have heard that the Japanese were ready to surrender before the atomic bombing, but the US insisted on the removal of the emperor, so the Japanese fought on. Giving credit to the US bombing in this situation is a stretch.