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US says Syria airstrike investigated by NY Times 'legitimate'******
The US Central Command said on Sunday that a 2019 airstrike that killed civilians in Syria was "legitimate," after a New York Times investigation said the military had concealed the death of dozens of non-combatants.。
The newspaper published the results of its investigation on Saturday saying a US special task force operating in Syria – sometimes leaving its military partners in the dark to preserve secrecy – dropped three bombs on a cluster of civilians near the Islamic State group bastion of Baghouz, killing 70 people, mainly women and children.。
The report says a US legal officer "flagged the strike as a possible war crime" but that "at nearly every step, the military made moves that concealed the catastrophic strike."
Drawing from confidential documents, interviews with personnel directly involved and officials with top security clearance, The New York Times found that the strike "was one of the largest civilian casualty incidents of the war against the Islamic State," albeit never publicly acknowledged by the US military.。
"The death toll was downplayed. Reports were delayed, sanitized and classified. United States-led coalition forces bulldozed the blast site. And top leaders were not notified," the report said, adding the Pentagon's independent inspector general's probe findings were "stalled and stripped of any mention of the strike."
In a detailed response, Central Command said an investigation found the strike was "legitimate self-defense," "proportional" and that "appropriate steps were taken to rule out the presence of civilians."
It added an investigation was launched after a military report found there had likely been civilian casualties.。
Along with 16 IS fighters determined to have died in the bombing, the investigation concluded at least four civilians were killed and eight wounded.。
"We self-reported and investigated the strike according to our own evidence and take full responsibility for the unintended loss of life," said CENTCOM spokesperson Captain Bill Urban.。
He said the investigation could not "conclusively characterize the status of more than 60 other casualties," adding some women and children, "whether through indoctrination or choice, decided to take up arms in this battle and as such could not strictly be classified as civilians."
Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and their US-led coalition allies declared the defeat of a self-proclaimed IS "caliphate" in March 2019.。
Shui Qingxia appointed as head coach of Chinese women's football team******
SHANGHAI, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has appointed Shui Qingxia as the head coach of the Chinese national women's football team, CFA announced on its official website on Thursday.。
Shui served as the head coach of Shanghai women's football team before the appointment. According to the announcement, the CFA made the decision based on comprehensive consideration and careful study.。
Born in Jiangsu Province in 1966, Shui was a former member of the Shanghai women's football team and the national women's football team. As a midfielder, Shui was good at free kick in the team. In November 1998, she joined Suzuyo Shimizu F.C. of Japan and scored 11 goals in the league.。
After retiring in 2001, Shui coached the national women's football youth team and Shanghai women's football team. She was once rated as the best coach of the women's Super League in China. Enditem。
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