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Demand Accountability for the Destruction in Raqqa


Last year, the US-led Coalition killed entire families in Raqqa, a city in the North East of Syria. One year after the battle ended, there is still no accountability for these deaths, nor justice for the victims.

In June 2017, the Coalition — including the US, France and UK — launched a military operation to oust the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) from its so called “capital”.

But instead of just targeting IS, they caused the deaths of hundreds and injury of thousands of civilians, and destroyed close to 80% of the city.

Our researchers visited Raqqa several times, and reported a level of destruction beyond anything they have seen in decades of covering the impact of wars all over the world. Homes, private and public buildings and infrastructure were reduced to rubble, or damaged beyond repair.

The US Department of Defense wrote us to make clear that it accepts no liability for the civilian casualties it caused. There are no plans to compensate survivors, and we were denied details about the circumstances of the deadly airstrikes.

You can demand truth and justice for the hundreds of victims and their loved ones, and make sure their lives are not forgotten.

Demand the US-led Coalition recognize the scale of civilian lives lost in Raqqa, properly investigate strikes that killed civilians, publish all their findings, and provide reparation for the victims.

By insisting on justice for the civilians killed in Raqqa, we can help prevent similar killings in the future.

Secretary Austin
Department of Defense