Its. Elizabeth warrenElizabeth Warren On the money: House Democrats ready to rebuild better Warren calls for Trump’s planned deal to be investigated SPAC Amazon, Facebook and other big companies would pay more with the proposed minimum tax, says Warren’s office MORE (D-Mass.) He called on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday to investigate a 2019 airstrike in Baghuz, Syria, which killed 70 people, including dozens of women and children.
In a letter to the chair of the panel Jack reedJack Reed Standoff scraps a quick deal on the Senate defense bill before Thanksgiving Time to reform the antiquated and unbalanced military justice system Republican senators accuse Democrats of prioritizing social spending over military PLUS (DR.I.), Warren asked the committee to “immediately launch” a formal investigation into the strike, which was first reported by The New York Times. on Saturday.
According to The Times, the attack was one of the largest civilian casualty incidents in the war against the Islamic State, but it was never publicly acknowledged.
“The Senate Armed Services Committee must seek answers about this strike and its aftermath and hold accountable anyone who violates the law or established procedures,” wrote Warren, who is a member of the panel.
The airstrike took place on March 18, 2019, according to The Times, which investigated the incident based on confidential documents, classified reports and interviews with personnel who were directly involved.
The newspaper reported that senior military and civil servants tried to hide the victims. An Air Force lawyer pointed to the attack as a possible war crime, but a full investigation was never carried out.
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Warren said the panel should “force to declare” officials who had authority over the strike and any subsequent investigations that followed it.
He also asked the panel to investigate the legal justifications for the attack, the civil damage it caused, and the military’s response to the reported victims.
The Hill has reached out to the committee and the Department of Defense for comment.
Warren’s letter comes as the Pentagon conducts two reviews to investigate how it conducts air strikes and possible harm to civilians. One of the probes, made by Rand. Corp, will evaluate the Syrian airstrike.