Pentagon Admits Drone Strike That Killed 7 Children in Kabul Was a ‘Mistake’
Strike killed 10 civilians, including Afghan working for U.S aid group
The Pentagon has admitted its deadly drone strike in Kabul last week, which took the lives of 10 civilians, including up to 7 children, was a "tragic mistake."
The head of US central command, General Kenneth Franklin McKenzie Jr, said it is "unlikely" the vehicle targeted and the slain civilians were a direct threat or associated with ISIS-K.
"This strike was taken in the earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces and the evacuees at the airport," he said.
"But it was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology."
"As the combatant commander, I am fully responsible for this strike and this tragic outcome."
He offered his "profound condolences" to the families and friends of those who were killed.
Neon Nettle reported last week that the man targeted by the U.S. Military in the drone strike was Afghan ally Zemari Ahmadi.
Joe Biden’s Pentagon killed 10 innocent people, told you they’d killed ISIS leaders, and as we learn the information Biden is lounging on the beach taking zero accountability and the Pentagon plans to fire no one. The failed swamp protecting its own. Disgrace.— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) September 17, 2021
Ahmadi worked for a U.S. organization and had applied for refugee resettlement in the U.S. before he was killed when his car was hit with an American missile.
It has been revealed that Ahmadi had no links to terrorism, nor did any of the other victims in the blast which also killed seven children.
Biden admin officials claimed the strike killed an ISIS terrorist carrying a bomb in a car toward U.S. troops.
"The evidence suggests that his travels that day actually involved transporting colleagues to and from work."
"And an analysis of video feeds showed that what the military may have seen was Mr. Ahmadi and a colleague loading canisters of water into his trunk to bring home to his family."
The U.S. previously admitted that there were three civilian casualties in the strike, but the Times report says the actual number is 10.
Seven of those individuals were children, including young family members of Ahmadi who relatives say had run to the car to greet him when he got home moments before the strike.