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An August 2021 US drone strike in Kabul that killed ten civilians was caused by a sequence of errors, including failing to notice a child minutes before the strike, according to a military inspector general’s investigation released on Wednesday 3rd November 2021.
The military earlier described the Aug. 29 strike as a “tragic blunder,” as it killed ten civilians, including seven children in Kabul.
The Pentagon initially stated that the hit was aimed at an Islamic State suicide bomber who was posing a threat to US-led soldiers at the airport as they finished the final stages of their departure from Afghanistan.
After U.S.-trained Afghan forces melted away and the Taliban stormed to power in the capital, an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 13 US troops and scores of Afghan civilians who had gathered outside the airport gates, eager for places on evacuation planes.
The strike was caused by execution flaws, interpreting material that backed specific opinions, and communication breakdowns, according to an examination by the Air Force inspector general.
It was an unforgivable blunder.
It was an honest mistake.Air Force Inspector General Lieutenant General Sami Said told reporters.
According to him, when he checked data and camera footage, he discovered proof of one youngster close roughly two minutes before the drone strike was launched.
According to the Inspector General, a mistake was made, but no one acted improperly, and I’m left wondering how that is possible.Kwon stated.
He did say, however, that he spotted the child’s presence on the video after the incident and that it would have been easy to miss at the time.
Said did not recommend disciplinary punishment, but said commanders would have to decide what, if any, accountability measures should be used.
The probe was “very unsatisfactory and inadequate,” according to Steven Kwon, co-founder and president of Nutrition and Education International, which employed one of the victims.