"The Baghuz strike was one of the largest civilian casualty incidents of the war against the Islamic State, but it has never been publicly acknowledged by the U.S. military. The details, reported here for the first time, show that the death toll was almost immediately apparent to military officials. A legal officer flagged the strike as a possible war crime that required an investigation. But at nearly every step, the military made moves that concealed the catastrophic strike. The death toll was downplayed. Reports were delayed, sanitized and classified. United States-led coalition forces bulldozed the blast site. And top leaders were not notified."
NYT link here.
Update from Task & Purpose, here.
Comment: Korsak is a hero. This incident demonstrates, yet again, "the downsides of high trust in the military." The problem is not a new one.
Here are some comments I have received/seen offline:
"Considering LOAC is up there with good order and discipline as the military’s go to argument for command prosecution authority, this seems to eviscerate that argument. Along with everything from My Lai to Haditha."
"Special Operations Command needs to be shut down due to track record of impunity for war crimes - AND across DOD prosecutorial discretion shifted to independent lawyer command for ALL crimes including war crimes "
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