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The U.S. military stated that a drone attack it launched in Afghanistan on August 29 killed 10 civilians, including as many as 7 children, which changed its original claim to have “imminent Isis-K threats to Kabul Airport.” “The statement.
“This strike is a tragic mistake,” General Kenneth Mackenzie, the commander of the US Central Command, told reporters on Friday when he announced the results of an internal investigation into the strike. “We thought it was a good lead. We were wrong,” he said.
The US drone attack on the Afghan capital occurred on the eve of the last US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending its 20-year military presence in Afghanistan.
Three days ago, Isis-K terrorists killed dozens of civilians and 13 U.S. soldiers in a suicide bomb attack at the gate of the airport. U.S. officials maintained a high level of alert for new attacks in the area.
On August 29, the U.S. military believed that it had determined the possible threat of a man driving near Kabul with possible explosives, but it turned out that he was Zemari Ahmadi, an engineer of the International Nutrition and Education International Assistance Organization. He is carrying a big kettle.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin apologized for what he called a “horrible mistake.”
“We now know that there is no connection between Mr. Ahmadi and Isis-Khorasan. His activities on that day were completely harmless and had nothing to do with the imminent threats we believed to face. Mr. Ahmadi was also an innocent victim. People were also brutally killed,” Austin said.
After the drone attack on August 29, the U.S. military immediately claimed that “the vehicle had experienced a serious secondary explosion,” indicating the presence of explosives.
At the time it said that although it was “assessing the possibility of civilian casualties,” it had “no indication.” However, later that day, it stated that there may have been “additional” casualties and “deep sorrow for any potential loss of innocent lives.”