Saturday, November 13, 2021

The Baghuz Bombing

The final section of the casualty report was reserved for the legal opinion. In one version of the report that Mr. Tate was sent by the staff at Operation Inherent Resolve, the Baghdad-based military command overseeing operations in Iraq and Syria, a task force lawyer and an operations officer wrote that a violation of the law of armed conflict may have taken place. In another copy that came from Central Command, he said, that opinion had been removed.

From this New York Times article by Dave Philipps and Eric Schmitt.

Fresh on the heels of revelations by the Times and other media outlets about what actually happened in the Kabul drone strike, new and disturbing issues of accountability and transparency have arisen, this time involving anti-Islamic State operations in Syria in 2019.

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