Washington Post: 2nd US Air Strike Kills Hundreds of Civilians

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The airstrikes at dawn on Tuesday pulverized entire families, including young children ‚ÄĒ families that were fleeing Islamic State militants¬†but were instead mistaken for being those very fighters. Depending on whom you ask, the number of bodies found in the rubble is¬†56, 85, 160¬†or¬†212.¬†Pictures¬†of the¬†mangled bodies, covered in dust, are a¬†testament to the carnage.

People¬†who live near where the bombs fell¬†‚ÄĒ¬†about 10 miles north of Manbij in northern Syria ‚ÄĒ¬†said the only planes they’d seen since June were from a¬†U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State. The area is just a few miles north of the front line between the Islamic State and the coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

If Tuesday’s¬†airstrikes were indeed by¬†coalition jets, and not Russian or Syrian government warplanes, this would easily be the highest civilian toll from¬†any action by the coalition since it formed in 2014.

Faced with the likelihood of a grave error by the coalition, U.S. officials responded cautiously, emphasizing the need to verify what had happened.



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