July 27, 2016 / 2:17 PM / 3 years ago

Investigation begins into allegations of civilians killed in Syria: U.S. military spokesman

Men make their way through the rubble of damaged buildings at a site hit by air strikes in Idlib city, Syria July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States military has found enough credible information to begin a formal investigation into allegations that U.S.-led coalition air strikes killed civilians on July 19 in Syria, a spokesman for the coalition fighting Islamic State, Colonel Chris Garver, said on Wednesday.

Garver said a credibility assessment had been completed and the formal investigation had been initiated.

(Official correction: Pentagon changes date in first paragraph from July 20 to July 19)

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Yeganeh Torbati

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