When asked Thursday about the U.S. dropping its largest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS target in rural Afghanistan, President Donald Trump praised the U.S. military as the "greatest" in the world and celebrated its recent conduct. He was, he said, giving his generals "total authorization."
"If you look at what's happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what has happened over the last eight years," Trump said, "you'll see there is a tremendous difference."
That's certainly true of reported civilian casualties allegedly resulting from U.S.-led coalition strikes in Syria and Iraq. According to a new report from independent monitoring group Airwars, March was the deadliest month in the U.S.-led coalition's 32-month campaign in Iraq and Syria, and the third straight month the coalition has been responsible for more reported civilian casualties in Syria and Iraq than Russia was responsible for in Syria.
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