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Timely and Thorough Assessments of Reported Civilian Harm Incident   [open pdf - 98KB]

From the Letter: "[T]he Department recently completed an independent review of a civilian casualty incident on March 18, 2019, in Baghuz, Syria. The review concluded the strike was conducted consistent with the Law of War but made several recommendations for improving processes and training, which I endorse. Nevertheless, I was disappointed to learn that several aspects of the original incident review missed deadlines, accepted informational deficiencies that prevented making complete assessments, and was left open for many months. As the independent review found, the process contributed to a perception that the Department was not committed to transparency and was not taking the incident seriously - a perception that could have been prevented by a timely review and a clear explication of the circumstances surrounding the strike. [This letter addresses] these concerns[.]"

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2022-05-17
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