US General: Carpet Bombing ISIS Is ‘Inconsistent With Our Values’
The commander of the operation combating ISIS has ruled out carpet bombing as a strategy against the terrorist group, calling it “inconsistent” with U.S. military values during a press briefing Monday.
Speaking to reporters Monday from his headquarters in Iraq, Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland repudiated the idea that the U.S. would engage in “indiscriminate bombing,” despite calls from some, such as presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, to do so. Macfarland’s follow a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) which claims that Russian carpet bombing has killed 500 civilians.
“We are bound by the laws of armed conflict,” explained MacFarland, “it’s not just that you won, but how you won.”
“Indiscriminate bombing is inconsistent with our values,” he continued when asked directly by a reporter as to whether or not the strategy would be employed against ISIS.