An effect of war is always casualties. However, when those casualties are your forces and those of your allies, the deaths become a lot heavier and remind that war may not be the answer. When your forces are responsible for the deaths of their own brothers and sisters in arms, you begin to question why you’re fighting to begin with and if you should be doing so.
The latter is what many people are feeling as details of the deaths of at least 18 ally service members killed by U.S.-led troops, start to emerge. The New York Times reports that the coalition forces were accidentally killed in a military attack in Tabqa, Syria. This incident marks the third time in less than a month that U.S. airstrikes have killed innocent civilians or coalition troops.
Reports indicate U.S. fighters called in the strikes and “identified the target location as an ISIS fighting position,” which is another name for Islamic State. As it turns out, the target had been misidentified.
The Central Command statement said the target location turned out to be a “fighting position” for the Syrian Democratic Forces, who have been fighting the Islamic State along with the United States.
Central Command released a statement saying in part:
‘The coalition’s deepest condolences go out to the members of the S.D.F. and their families.’
U.S. military officials added that the deaths were “tragic” and critics of Donald Trump are now questioning if his more laid back approach to military strategy is lacking oversight and has too much room for error.
Those frustrated with the often strategy-lacking, bully-like tactics of the Trump administration, tweeted their feelings:
@ezlusztig Can we just say that this administration has no fucking idea what it’s doing?
— Marcus S. (@nirvanafanclub) April 13, 2017
— 17DISH (@17DISH) April 13, 2017
— A Social Critic (@critic_social) April 13, 2017
@ezlusztig Trump just loves to play war! No doubt about it. I sure hope we have not hit those we shouldn’t have again.
— Joan Petell (@JoPetell) April 13, 2017
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