U.S. Admits to the Death of Another Soldier in Iraq

August 12, 2019

According to an August 10 article in militarytimes.com, there has been another U.S. military casualty in Nineveh province in Iraq. According to the article, military officials told militarytimes.com, "We cannot confirm details of the incident at this time, pending an investigation." Little else is ever given as a response to inquiries about casualties in Iraq.

The consistent refusal of the U.S. military services to bring to light information surrounding the circumstances of fatalities killed during the U.S. military occupation in Iraq reveals the shocking realities of U.S. government's lack of accountability for its overseas operations.

The U.S. declared war against an alleged organization named Daesh on June 15, 2014. The most that has been disclosed to the public about the latest casualty is that he was mobilized as part of this war which is carried out within the theater of the DoD's Central Command.

U.S. Central Command offers an umbrella statement about casualties it is responsible for, which reads as follows:

"We follow a rigid targeting process for all of our strikes to ensure strict adherence to the Law of Armed Conflict while attempting to avoid collateral damage. Every accidental loss of life is tragic, and it will remain our goal to take all feasible precautions to avoid putting civilians in danger in our pursuit of a ruthless enemy. In the month of June, CJTF-OIR carried over 159 open reports from previous months and received seven new reports. CJTF-OIR completed 66 civilian-casualty allegation assessment reports. Out of the 66 completed casualty allegation reports, two reports were determined to be credible and resulted in two unintentional civilian deaths. Of the remaining 64 reports, CJTF-OIR assessed 62 reports as non-credible, and two were duplicates of previous reports. One-hundred reports are still open, including one that CJTF-OIR had previously closed but reopened due to the availability of new information. The results of each investigation of an allegation will fall into one of two categories, either 'credible' or 'non-credible.' An assessment of 'credible' means that our team investigated the allegation and determined that, based on available evidence, more likely than not, the death was the result of Coalition action. A 'non-credible' evaluation means that the information we have to assess the allegation, using our available resources, cannot determine, to the standard of more likely than not, that the death was the result of Coalition action. There could be a number of reasons for this, to include no corroborating strikes at that time or that location, there was insufficient evidence to support the allegation, or there is simply insufficient or overly vague data in the allegation itself. It is important to note that while the Coalition has a substantial quantity of data at its disposal to investigate every claim, we welcome any information from any source that will enable us to determine the truth. Furthermore, we routinely reopen closed investigations based on new information that might help us attain more accurate results."

In short, people are not only still told that a certain number of casualties is not "operationally significant," they are also sent away every day without any verifiable information whatsoever about the source of their loved one's injuries or mortality.

U.S. imperialism maintains permanent military bases in Iraq and deploys a foreign army which makes the law and denies the sovereignty of the Iraqi people, but it cannot even be held to account for the most elementary conditions and responsibilities of effective governance.

The brutal and unaccountable methods which characterize the military occupation in Iraq are a result of the same aim which has driven the war from the beginning - the aim of U.S. imperialism to colonize Iraq at any cost.

To defeat the war program of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class, the American people must take the question of politics into their own hands and organize their political movement, independent of and in opposition to the political parties of war and imperialism.