A US drone strike that resulted in the deaths of ten civilians in the Afghan capital of Kabul has been described as an “honest mistake” by the US military.
Air Force Inspector General Lieutenant General Sami Said stated that the airstrike, which took place on the 29th of August, was not caused by criminal negligence but a series of errors.
Of the ten civilians, seven were children with the Pentagon saying that the strike was intended to target an Islamic State suicide bomber who killed 13 US troops and scores of Afghan civilians outside the gates of Kabul Airport.
General Said stated that the strike was caused by execution errors as well as information/communication breakdowns while adding, “It’s a regrettable mistake. It’s an honest mistake”.
Upon reviewing the footage of the strike, a child can be seen approximately two minutes before the strike, however, he stated that he noticed the presence of the child well after the video and that it would have been easy to miss at the time.
Disciplinary action was not recommended but the Air Force inspector said that this would be decided by commanders.
Describing the investigation as “deeply disappointing and inadequate”, co-founder and president of Nutrition and Education International Steven Kwon stated, “According to the Inspector General, there was a mistake but no one acted wrongly, and I’m left wondering, how can that be?”
IMAGE – Gage Skidmore