The United States Department of Defense on Friday confirmed that the August 29 drone strike in Kabul killed 10 civilians, including many children.
Calling it a ‘Tragic Mistake’, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps, said “Having thoroughly reviewed the findings of the investigation and the supporting analysis by interagency partners, I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians — including up to seven children — were tragically killed in that strike.”
Gen. McKenzie further added “Moreover, we now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K or were a direct threat to U.S. forces.”
The general offered condolences to the family and friends of those killed but said that at the time of the strike, the intelligence that was being reported left him and others confident the strike would have averted a threat to U.S. military forces at the nearby Hamid Karzai International Airport, or HKIA, who were busy evacuating civilians.
He also added that the department is exploring the possibility of ex gratia payments to those affected by the strike.