The US military tried to cover up a deadly attack on Syrian civilians that killed as many as 80 people, claiming that women and children could have been terrorist fighters, according to a New York Times investigation.
On March 18, 2019, a US F-15E fighter jet dropped a bomb on “a large crowd of women and children huddled against a river bank” near the town of Baghuz and then proceeded to drop several more, killing all witness survivors.
The attack reportedly shocked even US military officers, who watched the incident unfold live through a drone camera and questioned whether it could be considered a war crime. The bombing was soon covered up by the military and an investigation never took place.
At nearly every step, the military made moves that concealed the catastrophic strike, while the death toll was downplayed,” reports were “delayed, sanitized and classified,” the blast site was bulldozed, and “top leaders were not notified,” in an effort to keep what happened firmly under wraps.
The strike would be one of the Pentagon’s worst civilian casualty events in Syria, if 64 civilian deaths were officially acknowledged, but civilian deaths in US strikes are often under-counted even in classified reports hinting that the true number of casualties could be even higher.
With memories still fresh of a US drone strike in Kabul that killed an aid worker and seven children, but not a single ISIS terrorist, also first unveiled by the NYT, the new revelation shocked readers in the USA and around the world, who called for action over what many called a war crime.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.