US Central Command confirmed that a 2019 Task Force 9 coordinated airstrike targeting IS in Syria killed dozens of civilians including women and children. CENTCOM maintained that the strike was a legitimate targeting of Islamic State combatants, but media investigators allege the DoD attempted to conceal more damning parts of the attack.
On March 18th, 2019 the special operations unit, Task Force 9, dropped several bombs on Baghuz, Syria which was largely controlled by IS at the time and reportedly contained thousands of IS members and their families. In the days preceding the airstrike IS had killed 30 members of the Syrian Defense Forces, who were in danger of being routed. Several groups on the ground had determined there were no civilians in the area.
The media reported on Saturday that the controllers at the Combined Air Operations Center orchestrating the attack were not aware of a nearby plane that could have provided a more accurate picture of the situation on the ground and the potential for civilian casualties.
The strike killed 80, sixteen of which were confirmed IS combatants, four were confirmed as civilians. The mix of remaining casualties is difficult to determine because some of the women and children were armed.