Report: Secret US Army unit tasked with combating IS has repeatedly killed civilians

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Current and former US military and intelligence officials told the New York Times that a repeatedly operating US military secret cell killed civilians as collateral damage in its operations against the terrorist group State Islamic in Syria.

The unit called Talon Anvil was active between 2014 and 2019 against convoys, car bombs, command centers and squads of enemy combatants, according to the NYT.

But NYT sources say the cell “circumvented rules imposed to protect non-combatants”, sometimes killing farmers in the middle of their harvest, children on the streets, fleeing families and villagers sheltering in the streets. buildings.

“They were ruthlessly efficient and good at their jobs,” said a former Air Force intelligence officer who was with the unit from 2016 to 2018. “But they also did a lot of bad strikes.”

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