Pentagon Admits Major Investigation Flaw: They Rarely Talk to Air Strike Witnesses or Victims

By Sarah Knuckey, Ole Solvang, Jonathan Horowitz and Radhya Almutawakel
Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 2:55 PM

In a transcript of a Pentagon Press Briefing, released this week by Airwars, Central Command’s Deputy Director for Operations made a striking admission about U.S. investigations into civilian casualties in Syria:

Q: Okay. So, you didn’t talk to anybody on the ground and nobody visited the site. Is that — that correct, right?

GEN. BONTRAGER: That is correct, Bill, and that’s common. It’s a rare thing with strikes like this that we can get on the ground in person, or that we can talk to anybody on the ground is not uncommon at all.


About photo: SANLIURFA, TURKEY – OCTOBER 18: (TURKEY OUT) Heavy smoke rises following an airstrike by the US-led coalition aircraft in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from the outskirts of Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, October 18, 2014. Kurdish fighters in Syrian city of Kobani have pushed back Islamic State militants in a number of locations as U.S. airstrikes on ISIS positions continue in and around the city. Since mid-September more than 200,000 people from Kobani flee into Turkey.

Photo credit: (Photo by Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

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