On February 25, President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. military to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing twenty-two people. The  airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the Iraqi National Assembly passed a resolution to close more than a year ago. 

Western media reported the airstrike as an isolated and exceptional incident, and there has been significant blowback from the U.S. public, Congress, and the world community, condemning the strikes as illegal and a dangerous escalation of yet another Middle East conflict. 

But unbeknownst to many Americans, the U.S. military and its allies are bombing and killing people in other countries on a daily basis. The United States and its allies have dropped more than 326,000 bombs and missiles on people in other countries since October 2001 (see table below), including more than 152,000 in Iraq and Syria. 

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