The Bottom Line

Did the United States commit war crimes in Syria?

The New York Times exposed new details about a 12-minute bombing campaign by US forces that could be a war crime.

Straddling the Syria-Iraq border, Baghuz was one of the last holdouts of the ISIL (ISIS) group.

Thousands of family members, refugees and prisoners were there when fighting erupted between ISIL fighters and American forces in March 2019; the United States called in an enormous air attack.

Recently, US Central Command acknowledged that 80 people, including civilians, were killed. But all internal procedures to investigate the potential war crime have been quashed, according to a report by The New York Times newspaper.

Host Steve Clemons speaks with the reporters that pieced together the investigation over a span of months, Eric Schmitt and David Philipps.