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U.S. military denies claims of civilian deaths in targeting Islamic State
U.S. military denies claims of civilian deaths in targeting Islamic State

The sun was setting over the desert here as Lt. Col. Jose "Ed" Sumangil, commander of a B-1 bomber squadron known as "The Bats," stepped into a room crowded with pilots and crews for a final briefing before the night's combat mission. Sumangil, a U.S. Air Force weapons systems officer with a graying mustache and a ramrod bearing, could recite part of the briefing word-for-word because he has heard it before every bombing run. "Savor the moment," the PowerPoint slides read. "Be lethal and accurate." And above all, avoid "civcas," military jargon for civilian casualties. "It's our mantra," Sumangil said before...

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