Report: Civilian Deaths Hurt U.S. Military Missions

Posted June 9, 2016 at 9:04am

Japan Today reports that “the United States underestimates the long-term impact of civilian deaths on its military missions and is failing to implement lessons learned from 15 grueling years in Afghanistan, a report released Wednesday found.”  

“While the U.S. military frequently stresses it does all it can to prevent civilian casualties, the report said poorly planned air strikes, misidentified targets, unexploded ordinance and rogue partner troops have too often led to non-combatant deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.”  

“The study by Open Society Foundations, a charity created by U.S. magnate and philanthropist George Soros, found that in Afghanistan, such deaths seriously undermined the mission and fueled the growth of the Taliban.”