CONGRESSMAN LIEU SENDS LETTER TO SEC. MATTIS TO EXPLAIN SURGE IN US-CAUSED CIVILIAN DEATHS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ

March 30, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON – Earlier this week, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis regarding recent reports of significant increases in civilian casualties from U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

EXCERPTS FROM THE LETTER

“Having served on active duty as a JAG officer, I am highly disturbed by reports that recent U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have caused large numbers of civilian casualties in Syria and Iraq. As a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am also deeply concerned that deaths of innocent children and women from U.S. airstrikes sets us back strategically, makes it more difficult to secure peace, and increases terrorist recruitment.”

“The substantial increases in civilian deaths caused by U.S. military force in Syria and Iraq brings into question whether the Trump Administration is violating the Law of War.  The large number of civilian casualties also suggests a possible breakdown in target selection, intelligence gathering, or operational execution.”

“The American public deserves to know what is going on in Syria and Iraq.  The apparently large numbers of children and civilian adults being killed by U.S. forces is not acceptable.”

THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER CAN BE FOUND HERE

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