According to a report by the New York Times that was released on Saturday, the U.S. covered up airstrikes that killed 64 women and children during the last days of the siege of Raqqa, Syria against the Islamic State.

The New York Times claim that its report is based on classified documents, confidential reports, and interviews with the personnel involved.

According to the report, the remnants of ISIS were trapped along the Euphrates River in the town of Baghuz on March 18, 2019. A drone circled overhead searching for targets and spotted a large group of civilians (women and children) along the riverbank. 

Then, a U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle dropped a 500-pound bomb on the crowd killing and wounding many of them. As the survivors stumbled away toward cover, two bombs 2,000-pound bombs killed nearly all of the survivors. 

The Times reported that at the Combined Air Operations Center in Qatar, an analyst wrote on the chat log “We just dropped on 50 women and children.” An initial battle damage assessment quickly found that the number of dead was closer to 70.

The strike was coordinated with and ordered by a classified special operations unit, Task Force 9. The unit consists of Green Berets from the 5th Special Forces Group and Delta Force operators working with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

SDF is a coalition of Kurdish fighters opposing ISIS and the Syrian government.