Pentagon Admits US Drone Strike ‘Was A Mistake’

The Pentagon has issued a statement acknowledging a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan on August 29 was a mistake that killed 10 civilians, including seven children, not Islamic State extremists.

From the New York Times:

The explosives the military claimed were loaded in the trunk of a white Toyota sedan struck by the drone’s Hellfire missile were most likely water bottles, and a secondary explosion in the courtyard in a densely populated Kabul neighborhood where that attack took place was probably a propane or gas tank, the official said. In short, the car posed no threat at all, investigators concluded.

“I offer my profound condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed,” Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of United States Central Command, told reporters at a Pentagon news conference Friday. He said the U.S. was “exploring the possibility of ex gratia payments” to compensate the families of the victims.

McKenzie said the drone strike was launched amid “the profound belief” that ISIS was about to attack Kabul’s airport again, as it had done three days before. That suicide bombing killed over 140 people, including 13 American service members.

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