US warplanes pounding Syria killed 10 more civilians over the past few days, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Seven were killed Friday when the planes attacked a gas processing plant in Deir Ezzor Province, causing an explosion in a small town. Three more were killed in a strike further north.
Pentagon officials shrugged off the reports, insisting there was no proof their planes actually killed the people, and insisting that there is a “process” in place to investigate such killings.
US warplanes had killed other civilians late last month in Syria when destroying a series of grain silos they reportedly thought was a “militant base,” and destroyed all the food for several villages in the process.
Despite the Pentagon continuing to insist care is taken not to kill civilians, the administration made a point of formally relaxing the standards of killing civilians inside ISIS-held territory, insisting pledges not to attack places where civilians are known to be don’t apply in the new war.