Sumary of US’ covert Syria airstrikes kill 64:
- 9, 2021. Thousands of people started returning to their homes in Daraa following the army’s entry to the formerly rebel-held areas, state news agency SANA reported.
- XINHUA PHOTO ALEPPO: The US military covered up 2019 airstrikes in Syria that killed up to 64 women and children — a possible war crime — during the battle against Islamic State, The New York Times reported.
- The two back-to-back airstrikes near Baghuz were ordered by a classified American special operations unit tasked with ground operations in Syria, according to the report.
- The newspaper said that US Central Command, which oversaw US air operations in Syria, acknowledged the strikes for the first time this week and said they were justified.
- In a statement on Saturday, Central Command reiterated the account it gave the newspaper that 80 people were killed in the strikes including 16 Islamic State fighters and four civilians.
- In Saturday’s statement, the military said the strikes were “legitimate self-defense,” proportional and that “appropriate steps were taken to rule out the presence of civilians.