The sun had yet to rise over the northern Syrian village of Al Tokhar on July 19 when a U.S. airstrike obliterated much of the town, leveling adobe buildings and killing families as they slept.
Soon grisly photos of bloody corpses and grieving survivors began appearing on social media, alerting the world to the carnage.
A Pentagon statement issued Thursday said the bombing of Al Tokhar killed about 100 Islamic State fighters. But it also mistakenly killed up to 24 civilians who, it said, were believed to have fled the area.
The total is far fewer than the 100 or so civilian casualties that independent Syrian monitoring groups blamed on the airstrike....