United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued an order for a review of a 2019 US military strike in Syria which killed civilians.
News of the inquiry was delivered by the Pentagon’s Press Secretary John Kirby during a media briefing Monday.
The investigation will examine the US airstrike launched on Al-Baghuz Fawqani, Syria, “which resulted in the deaths of more than 60 civilians there,” a statement from the US Department of Defense confirmed.
According to Kirby, the inquiry will be conducted by the four-star Army General Michael X. Garrett, who was tapped for the role by Austin.
The press secretary explained that the review “will include an assessment of the following things: the civilian casualties that resulted from the incident; compliance with the law of war; record-keeping and reporting procedures” among other key questions.