Syria Solidarity Campaign on the US Friendly Fire incident

18 September 2016,



Note of the Editorial Board: We reproduce this statement of the Syria Solidarity Campaign because it correctly points out the reactionary, hypocritical and essentialist pro-Assad character of the policy of US imperialism in Syria. While we characterize the Assad regime as a reactionary capitalist-bonapartist dictatorship we do not view it as "fascist".


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On the 19th of July 2016, between 100-200 civilians were estimated to have been "accidentally" massacred by the US airforce in Manbij, North Syria [1].


Then there was no apology, no explanation, no compensation. Just *silence*


Since 2014, up to 200 anti-Assad, anti-ISIS rebels have been estimated to have been killed in airstrikes by the US airforce [2].


Then there were no apologies, no explanations, no compensations. Just *silence*


And now, for the first time in 5 years, the US airforce have accidentally struck the forces of the Assad regime in Deir al-Zor whilst it was trying to help them (as has been taking place since 2014 [3]). Yet this time the US issues an apology and offers compensation.


Media reports do not focus on the horrific revelation that the US was trying to help the forces of a genocidal regime - which is on record having killed approximately 100 times more people than ISIS - but instead promotes sympathetic narratives to the regime's "victims". Indeed, an American airstrike against rebels in Aleppo on the same day does not make media mention [4]. Syrians on Facebook see 46,000 people talking about this airstrike "trending", whilst the dozens of daily airstrikes by the Assad regime, Russia and the US that have displaced them in the name of "fighting terror" rarely "trend" on Facebook.


The only Syrians the United States cares about are the soldiers of the genocidal, fascist Assad regime. Unfortunately, much of Western media, spanning both mainstream and alternative platforms, seems to think so as well.








For a full list of US targeting of rebels, see:…/who-has-the-us-bombed-fo…/


[3] Full list on US support for the Assad regime in Deir al-Zor, see:…/who-has-the-us-bombed-fo…/