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NYT: U.S. Covered Up 2019 Syria Airstrikes That Killed 70 Women and Children

HeadlineNov 15, 2021

The U.S. military killed dozens of civilians in an airstrike in Syria in March of 2019, then spent the next two-and-a-half years covering up evidence of war crimes. That’s according to a New York Times investigation, which found the death toll from a U.S. strike near the town of Baghuz was almost immediately apparent to military officials, with one legal officer flagging the attack as a possible war crime. But the bombing, which was carried out by a classified special operations unit known as Task Force 9, was never investigated, even though it left about 70 women and children dead. The Times found U.S. military officials downplayed the death toll, delayed reports, and sanitized and classified evidence of civilian deaths. U.S.-led coalition forces bulldozed the blast site, and top military leaders were not notified.

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