In an investigation by the Military Times, it’s been unveiled that the Pentagon has conducted nearly 6,000 secret airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan over the past few years.
Public records of the Pentagon’s operations that were released in January purposely left out the thousands of strikes executed under the Obama administration since 2014.
It is reported that 456 of those 6,000 unreported airstrikes occurred in 2016.
According to the U.S. Central Command, verified airstrikes between the end of 2016 and January 31, 2017, range near 14,000. These strikes occurred in Iraq and Syria.
Intelligence now indicates the distinct possibility that airstrikes exceeded 14,000, due to the revelation of secret airstrikes being conducted without public disclosure.
Military Times now seeks to open an investigation on undisclosed airstrikes that will span back to October 2001, the year the war on terror began, following 9/11.
Military Times writes the following in its report:
“Most alarming is the prospect this data has been incomplete since the war on terrorism began in October 2001. If that is the case, it would fundamentally undermine confidence in much of what the Pentagon has disclosed about its prosecution of these wars, prompt critics to call into question whether the military sought to mislead the American public, and cast doubt on the competency with which other vital data collection is being performed and publicized.”
H/T: Daily Mail
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