The New York Times has obtained a trove of internal documents detailing how the U.S. military’s air wars in the Middle East have been marked by flawed intelligence, rushed and imprecise targeting, and the deaths of thousands of civilians, many of them children. The Times reports the 1,300 documents on civilian casualties contrast sharply with the U.S. government’s image of precision warfare waged by all-seeing drones. In one such attack, Special Operations forces reported killing 85 ISIS fighters in a July 2016 air raid in northern Syria; in fact, the raid hit houses far from the frontline, killing 120 villagers.
NYT Reveals Widespread Pattern of Civilian Deaths and Cover-Ups in U.S. Air Wars
HeadlineDec 20, 2021