[time period: 2017 (1st year of Donald Trump’s presidency)]

By: Marc Immanuel
Published on: 3 May 2018


“…You have to take out their families.”
Donald Trump

— publicly advocating the use of war crimes and genocide (criteria a, b) as a means to winning a war, in an interview with Fox & Friends, December 2015 (during his campaign for the US presidency) (sourceNew York Mag., 6 Aug. 2018; more info: sourceAl-Jazeera, 1 July 2017)

US carpet bombing of the city of Raqqa under genocidal orders of 45th US President Donald Trump. Civilian death toll by US aerial bombardment (according to Airwars): about 1,400 noncombatant civilians killed. Raqqa, territory under official jurisdiction of the state of Syria, 2017. (source)

As soon as Donald J. Trump — a real estate billionaire with no previous position in the US Government — took the office of 45th President of the United States on 20 January 2017, he joined ALL the previous US presidents in becoming accountable, as Commander-in-Chief of the US Military,  for violent crimes against the People of the Planet.

By the time Donald Trump was inaugurated as US President, the collective territory under the official jurisdiction of the states of Iraq and Syria was immersed in the most catastrophic warfare on the Planet at the time. War crimes and acts of genocide have been committed by all sides of this armed conflict.

That devastating war had been initiated by the US Government in the first place [via the US invasion and war in Iraq (during the Bush II Admin.) and the US arming of Sunni Syrian rebel forces (during the Obama Admin.)]. [More info: Crimes of the US GovernmentSection 3 (Crimes of Aggression): US-Led Invasion and Occupation of Iraq)]

These US policies helped lead to the rise of the Sunni ultra-extremist militant organization IS(IS) and the development of a generalized Sunni – Shia civil war throughout the collective territory known as Iraq and Syria.

In the continuation of a US-led Coalition military campaign against IS(IS) [a military campaign which had already killed thousands of noncombatant civilians (2014-2017) (source)], the Trump Administration escalated the US aerial bombardment throughout the collective territory of Iraq and Syria.

During his campaign for the 2016 presidential elections, when asked about his plan for winning the “war on terrorism” during an interview with Fox & Friends in December 2015, Donald Trump openly advocated massacring the families of IS(IS) militants, in violation of the Geneva Conventions and all international law regarding the targeting of noncombatants during war. (sourceNew York Mag., 6 Aug. 2018; more info: sourceAl-Jazeera, 1 July 2017)

Trump said: “When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families! They care about their lives, don’t kid yourselves. They say they don’t care about their lives. But you have to take out their families.” At a debate a few days later, he further explained his view on why targeting families of militants would be a useful war strategy: “[The IS(IS) militants] may not care much about their lives, but they do care, believe it or not, about their families’ lives.” (sourceNew York Mag., 6 Aug. 2018)

“Donald Trump as commander-in-chief of US armed forces is
deliberately, decidedly, purposefully, targeting Muslim civilians.”

— Hamid Dabashi, Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, article (“Is Trump Committing War Crimes in Iraq and Syria?”, published by Al-Jazeera, 1 July 2017)

When Donald Trump became Commander-in-Chief of the USA, the 26th US Secretary of Defense (2017-), James N. Mattis, and other officials started calling the US military campaign against IS(IS) a “war of annihilation”.  In other words: a campaign of US genocide (criteria a, b) in this predominantly-Muslim populated region of the Planet. [This new genocide is in addition to the great acts of genocide already committed by the US Military throughout the territory of Iraq under previous US administrations (note, as prime example: the US mass destruction of Fallujah, 2004).]

According to Airwars (which monitors and accesses civilian harm from international military action throughout the collective territory of Iraq, Syria, and Libya): During the first year of the Trump Admin. (2017), US-led Coalition airstrikes throughout the collective territory of Iraq and Syria killed between about 4,000 and 6,000 civilians. (sourceNew York Mag., 6 Apr. 2018; more info: sourceConversation, 13 Oct. 2017)

Even in densely packed cities, the US Military under the Trump Admin. has been massacring men, women, and children with many huge 500 lb. (a. 230 kg.) bombs. (“US Air Wars Under Trump…”, Guardian, 23 Jan. 2018)

More information about war crimes by the Trump Admin.:
source1Al-Jazeera, 1 July 2017; source2Conversation, 13 Oct. 2017;
source3Intercept, 23 Feb. 2018; source4Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2018

(16 March 2017):

On 16 March 2017, the US Military struck a mosque compound with two 500-pound guided bombs while about 300 people were gathering in preparation for evening prayers. This first bombing was followed up with at least two “Hellfire missile” strikes from a US drone, targeting people who were running out of the mosque compound.

According to the Syria Civil Defense (SCD; better known as the “White Helmets”; a search and rescue group operating in opposition-held territories): 38 dead bodies, including the bodies of five children, were recovered from the rubble. (source5)

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) (a UK-based information office whose stated aim is to document human rights abuses in the territory of Syria): The final death toll was at least 49 people killed (mostly civilians) (source3) and the injury toll was more than 100 people injured (source2).

Sources (for Al-Jinah Mosque Bombing):
source1, Wikipedia source2, Guardian, 17 Mar. 2017; source3, Reuters, 17 Mar. 2017;
source4Human Rights Watch, 18 Apr. 2017; source5, Bellingcat, 18 Apr. 2017;
source6Intercept, 19 Apr. 2017

Below video (approx. 7 minutes), 17 Apr. 2017:
An architectural analysis, by Forensic Architecture, of the 16 March 2017 US Military airstrike at a mosque compound in Al-Jinah, Syria


In 2017, the Syrian city of Raqqa [Syria’s 6th largest city prior to its destruction that year, with a pre-destruction civilian population of about 300,000 (source)] was turned into a nearly completely-destroyed ghost town by indiscriminate aerial bombardement of the US Air Force acting under orders of US President Donald Trump and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

The coalition, almost all US planes, dropped 20,000 bombs on Raqqa. By the end of the five-month campaign, 80% of the city was declared uninhabitable by the UN, and 1,800 civilians are thought to have been killed. Airwars estimates 1,400 of those deaths were caused by US-led aerial and artillery bombardment.” (“US Air Wars Under Trump…”, Guardian, 23 Jan. 2018)

In August [2017], US forces dropped 5,775 bombs and missiles onto the city. For context, this represented 10 times more munitions than the US used for the whole of Afghanistan in the same month and year… At least 433 civilians likely died in Raqqa due to the August bombings…’‘ (sourceConversation, 13 Oct. 2017)

According to UN estimates, more than 169,000 civilian residents of Raqqa and surrounding areas fled their homes during April-May 2017 as initial US bombardments began. They became internally displaced within the war-ravaged land as war refugees living in overcrowded and underresourced camps. (source1, Hurriyet Daily News, 14 June 2017; source2Al-Jazeera, 14 June 2017)

Below video (1 minute), published by EuroNews on 22 Oct. 2017:
A brief video report showing the mass destruction of the city of Raqqa following the US-led aerial and artillery bombardment of the city

Below video (approx. 6 minutes):
A commentary by Kyle Kulinski (the host of Secular Talk,
a politically progressive internet talk show)
Published on 27 March 2017

“’…Take out their families.’ [quoting Donald Trump]
That is taking out their families! He’s doing exactly that!…
Violence against civilians for a political purpose.
Isn’t there a term for that?
[Yes: “Genocide” (criteria a, b)]…

This is state terrorism…
This is your government…”
Kyle Kulinski




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