Certainly, as long as the media defines The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights –headquartered in Coventry and financed by the British government – as an NGO, hopes that, sooner or later, they will take a look into the investigations of real NGOs will be in vain. Otherwise, they could start with reports from Air Wars, the British NGO founded by an alliance of journalists, ex-military personnel and researchers. Furthermore, and we say this to appease Democrats and progressives, it also enjoys the support of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
What is Air Wars telling us? For example, there is the March report that says that, for three months, far more civilians were killed in raids by the U.S. and Saudi-led coalition than by the air raids of Assad and Putin. In just the month of March, moreover, the Saudi-American legion would have killed between 1,782 and 3,471 civilians, mostly on the fronts of Mosul (Iraq) and Raqqa (Syria), the two ISIS strongholds. In most cases, but not all. For example, on Feb. 1, American aircraft (perpetrators of more than 90 percent of the raids) hit a Red Cross hospital in Idlib, the capital of the Syrian province where the bulk of the jihadists and rebels (more or less moderate) were gathered. Curiously, given the attention placed on the fate of the hospitals, this episode is mentioned very little. In fact, not at all.
Among those poor dead are of course many children. There were at least 80 in March alone, and at least 30 women. Even in this case, silence. And the story continues because Air Wars has similarly recorded, in the most severe fighting areas, at least 45 civilians dead in just one day on April 1. The tragedy is that in March, the incursions of the international coalition fell 21 percent in Syria (434 in all) and 1percent in Iraq (268). Are they bombing less? In terms of planes, yes. But in terms of bombs, it is exactly the opposite: The active members of the coalition (U.S., U.K., France, Belgium, Denmark, Australia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and UAE) have dropped 13 percent more bombs than in February. In other words, they are sending out fewer missions but are doing more carpet bombings. And the results are evident.