The Pentagon admitted that a drone strike in Afghanistan was a “tragic mistake” after the Biden administration hailed it as “righteous” for weeks. An apology from the U.S. appears to mean little to Kabul residents who are now mourning after the strike killed 10 people last month. Seven of those casualties were children.
Sone Kabul resident said the attack should have never happened in a residential area. They have called for the perpetrators to be punished for their actions and suggested the victims deserve compensation.
Head of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie initially claimed the strike targeted an ISIS-K suicide bomber who posed an imminent threat to U.S. troops during the final stages of the withdrawal. However, he now he admits the Pentagon got it wrong.
“We now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS or were a direct threat to U.S. forces,” stated the general. Pentagon officials rarely make personal apologies, but McKenzie said the U.S. is working to potentially compensate the families.