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Coverup of Humanitarian Disaster in Mosul

Coverup of Humanitarian Disaster in Mosul

by Stephen Lendman

US-led terror-bombing along with Iraqi ground forces are systematically destroying the city, not liberating it as claimed.

Western media scoundrels and international NGOs are ignoring a humanitarian disaster far worse than what affected East Aleppo.

Government and allied forces, greatly aided by Russian airpower, saved the lives of tens of thousands of defenseless Aleppo residents, held hostage by US-supported al-Nusra terrorists.

Media scoundrels misportrayed heroic efforts as aggression. Big Lies substituted for hard truths. Liberating Aleppo was a glorious triumph, one Syrians will long remember and commemorate, grateful to Russia for its vital help.

Last fall through December, John Kerry and other US officials disgracefully accused Russia and Syria of war crimes, ignoring horrendous ones committed by US forces in all its war theaters - by terror-bombing, special forces and other combat troops on the ground, along with terrorist fighters recruited as imperial foot soldiers.

Media scoundrels ignore genocidal high crimes committed by America and its rogue allies.

Last month, Sergey Lavrov "remind(ed) (his) Western counterparts about…the humanitarian" disaster in Mosul - "much worse than it was in eastern Aleppo," he stressed, yet getting little or no Western media attention.

Before fighting escalated in recent weeks, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said "(t)he humanitarian situation continues to degrade."

"People are running out of food. And the most terrifying thing is that no one knows what is to be further. The situation is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe."

US-led Western nations are "out of touch with reality," she added. Escalating ground fighting and US-led terror-bombing made things much worse.

Before its capture by US-supported ISIS fighters in mid-2014, Mosul had around 2.5 million residents. Less than one million remain, held hostage by terrorists.

Routes to the city were cut off months ago. Residents lack access to food, potable water, medical care and electricity. Conditions are dire.

Humanitarian groups haven't entered besieged parts of the city in over two years. Desperate residents aren't being helped.

During the battle for Aleppo, Russia and Syria made heroic efforts to supply humanitarian aid to trapped residents.

America, its rogue allies and the UN supplied nothing - nor are they aiding Mosul residents in need.

Indiscriminate terror-bombing and ground fighting continues causing large numbers of casualties, including a devastating toll on civilians, massacred in cold blood, media scoundrels ignoring the carnage - portraying mass slaughter and destruction as a liberating struggle.

According to Norwegian Refugee Council's Becky Bakr Abdulla, "families…managing to come out are completely traumatized." 

"They've got nothing left. No homes…nothing. Their children have not attended school for over two years."

"(T)hey've lost many of their loved ones and there are many, many examples of people who have actually died on their way out." They never "made it to safety."

Western media and the international community largely ignore the devastating humanitarian disaster, Abdullah added - shocking contempt for the lives and welfare of devastated people, suffering enormously because of US imperial war.

Interviewed by Sputnik News, a woman in the Hamam al Alil refugee camp appealed for desperately needed humanitarian aid. Without it, people "are going to die," she said.

Camp conditions are deplorable. "We have no sanitation. The garbage needs to be removed. The water is very dirty. We can't drink it."

Conditions for Mosul residents remaining trapped is much worse. Terror-bombing and ground fighting continues taking many lives.

Maria Zakharova expressed outrage over the "hushing up of what is happening" - devastating fighting along with dire humanitarian conditions.

Since fighting began last October, around 100,000 residents managed to flee the city, risking their lives to do it. 

An estimated 750,000 remain trapped. The US-led campaign in Syria is about regime change. 

In Iraq, there's none to change. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi serves as a convenient US puppet, supporting its imperial ravaging.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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