Thursday, July 21, 2016

More Details Emerge On A U.S. Airstrike That Killed Scores Of Syrian Civilians Near Manbij

The Guardian: US airstrikes allegedly kill at least 73 civilians in northern Syria

US military investigates activists’ claims of deaths in Manbij in what would be deadliest coalition attack on non-combatants in campaign against Isis

US airstrikes on a Syrian village have killed at least 73 civilians, a majority of them women and children, activists say, in the deadliest coalition attack on non-combatants since the start of the bombing campaign against the Islamic State.

The bombing was part of a two-month push to seize the town of Manbij, a strategic centre, key to any future advance on Islamic State’s de facto capital, Raqqa. Activists had warned of high civilian casualty rates from airstrikes in Manbij even before the latest airstrike.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, activists described coalition aircraft hitting a cluster of houses in the village of Tokkhar, where nearly 200 people had gathered to seek shelter as the frontline shifted towards their homes. Most of those inside were killed or injured.

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WNU Editor: The U.S. is promising to investigate these claims .... U.S. investigating claims that coalition strikes in Syria killed dozens of civilians (UPI).

More Details Emerge On A U.S. Airstrike That Killed Scores Of Syrian Civilians Near Manbij

‘Bloody massacres’: Syria appeals to UN after French & US airstrikes ‘kill over 140 civilians’ -- RT
Syria: At least 85 civilians feared dead after US air strike 'mistake' -- IBTimes
Syria war: Dozens killed in 'US-led strikes' on Manbij -- Al Jazeera
U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria kill civilians, rights groups say -- CNN
Suspected U.S. airstrikes in Syria kill scores of civilians, activists say -- Washington Post
Suspected U.S. coalition strikes kill 56 civilians in IS-held Syrian city: monitor -- Reuters
Civilian Death Toll From Coalition Airstrikes in Syria Could Be Single Largest in U.S.-Led War on ISIS -- The Intercept

Update: PHOTOS: Syria Bombing Civilians, Children Killed [WARNING: GRAPHIC] (Heavy)

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