Mosul is being destroyed
Remember when Aleppo was an international crisis that had to be stopped?
At least that is what the American media said.
‘Aleppo is falling, Mosul liberated’
'Hell' in Aleppo, 'Collateral Losses' in Mosul
You would never know from the news media that things are much, much worse in Mosul today.
I could only find this information in foreign media sources. Our news media is almost completely silent on the issue.
Intensive bombardment and air raids by the Iraqi authorities and their foreign backers has led to mass civilian fatalities, the extensive destruction of infrastructure and hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the ongoing battle between the Iraqi regime and Daesh extremists in Mosul.
The Iraqi immigration ministry announced that the number of refugees and internally displaced persons, or IDPs as they are more commonly known as, who are fleeing Mosul has reached 300,000 people since the Mosul operation began on 17 October.
Al Jazeera cited the Iraqi ministry as saying that the daily number of refugees fleeing the violence has now reached a daily figure of 10,000 people. This is a marked increase in numbers, demonstrating that the violence in Mosul is getting worse and indicating that Iraqi civilians are increasingly bearing the brunt of the operation.
The refugee camps are already full, so Lawd only knows where these people will go.
Consider the recently 'liberated' Mosul neighborhood of Samood.
The colossal destruction bore out their claims. Samood is a hellish landscape. Every third house seems to either bear the scars of a fierce firefight or is completely levelled. Burned-out husks of cars and the rubble from razed houses block most of the neighbourhood’s streets...
That anyone still lives in the ruins is a measure of how desperate the situation has become. The Iraqi army says it has carried out 3,780 sorties against Isil in northern Iraq since the offensive to liberate Mosul began, which averages out to almost 30 a day. The US, which is supporting Iraqi forces, has conducted more than double that.
“They dropped leaflets over the city telling us not to worry about the strikes, saying that they were extremely precise and would not hurt the civilians,” says Mr Ahmed, 47. “Now it feels like the coalition is killing more people than Isil.”
He said he thought as many as 300 people had been killed in raids during the battle to liberate Samood and his late brother’s neighbourhood al-Mansour. It was difficult to immediately verify the claim. A recent report by Airwars, a UK-based organisation which monitors international air strikes against Isil, suggested as many as 370 civilian deaths could be attributed to coalition raids in the first week of March alone.
Let's put that into perspective.
According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 463 civilians, including 62 children, killed in eastern Aleppo during the final offensive. This was considered 'genocide'.
Now consider this.
The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (Isil) is for the first time killing more civilians with its airstrikes than Russia is with its own bombing campaign, according to a new analysis.
Coalition warplanes have dramatically stepped up their strikes against Isil in both Mosul and Raqqa, while Russia has scaled back its campaign in Syria after a patchy ceasefire went into effect in December.
While Russia has killed far more civilians in total than the coalition, it is currently killing fewer civilians than the allies, research by the Airwars monitoring group found.
I doubt even 1 American in a thousand knows this.
Just to give you an idea of the bias of our news media, consider the fate of Mosul's bridges.
On December 28, Fox News and Washington Post:
Terror setback: Airstrike takes out Mosul's last functioning bridge
As fight in Mosul slows, last bridge in the city is hit by an airstrike
Then on January 13, CNN and Express:
ISIS destroys Mosul bridges as troops advance
ISIS fighters destroy River Tigris bridges as Iraqi forces gain ground in war-torn Mosul
Ah, so it wasn't us that bombed all five bridges in Mosul (it was). It was ISIS that did the horrible deed.
Also, we've always been at war with Eastasia.
Meanwhile, Mosul is destroyed by plan and design.
In practice, the Shia-dominated Iraqi government wants to break the back of Sunni resistance to its rule so it will never be capable of rising again.