What Raqqa Says about Gaza’s Death Toll

It's time for some honesty.

Now that the battle to drive the Islamic State (ISIS) from its Syrian capital of Raqqa has ended, reporters are beginning to explore the devastation the fighting left behind. The information that has emerged so far sheds some interesting light on the Hamas-Israel war in Gaza in summer 2014. In particular, it utterly refutes the accusation by the UN and much of the Western world that Israel caused “appalling” and “excessive” Palestinian casualties.

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What Raqqa Says about Gaza’s Death Toll

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