29 Nov '16, 6pm

Investigation: 'Confirmation bias,' mistakes led coalition to mistakenly bomb Syrian troops

A series of errors sparked by the misidentification of a vehicle as being driven by Islamic State fighters led coalition aircraft to mistakenly bomb Syrian troops in September, an Air Force investigation released Tuesday concluded. Air Forces Central Command found that the Sept. 17 airstrikes near Dayr az Zawr in Syria did not intentionally target what it referred to as “forces aligned with the government of Syria,” though officials stopped short of calling them Syrian troops because they were not wearing uniforms or displaying flags or insignia. Instead, Brig. Gen. Richard Coe, the Air Combat Command inspector general who led the investigation into the airstrike, said that “confirmation bias” stemming from that first misidentification colored the subsequent decisions made by others involved in the strike. And a series of missteps involved in communicating with the Russian...

Full article: https://www.airforcetimes.com/articles/dayr-az-zawr-bombi...

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