Drone strike and civilian casualties in Afghanistan: Pentagon admits “tragic mistake”

The Pentagon takes a step back and admits a tragic mistake. The strike that took place on August 29, which targeted a fighter from the Islamic State group, had many civilian victims, including several children. An internal investigation revealed that there were no terrorists in the targeted car.

General McKenzie, the last head of the US armed forces in Afghanistan, apologized himself on Friday: “This strike was carried out with the belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces and evacuees at the airport, but it was a mistake, and I offer my sincere apologies.”

The air raid, carried out by a drone, had taken place two days before the end of the total American withdrawal. It had been presented as a preemptive strike against a vehicle loaded with explosives because an imminent threat of attack hung over the Kabul airport, where evacuations of Westerners were being carried out in panic.


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