The US military admitted Friday that its latest strike at the end of August in Kabul that killed 10 civilians, including up to seven children, was a “mistake”, and the US Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, apologized for the raid.
“I offer my deepest condolences to the relatives of the dead who survived,” the minister said in a statement, acknowledging that the targeted man was an “innocent victim, like other people who were tragically killed.” “.
As General Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan before their final withdrawal, told reporters, “It is unlikely that the car and those killed were linked to ISIS – Khorasan Province”, or that they posed a “direct threat to American forces.”
“We take full responsibility”
He also added that “our investigation concluded that this strike was a tragic mistake,” stressing that he bears “full responsibility.”
“I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed,” McKenzie added, recalling that the August 29 drone strike in the Afghan capital was aimed at preventing an “imminent threat” from ISIS – Khorasan Province, a few days after the attack. It was launched by the organization and resulted in the killing of 13 American soldiers near Kabul airport.
From the American strike on Kabul on August 29, 2021
Huge amount of explosives
It is noteworthy that the US forces had confirmed on August 29 that they had carried out a strike in the Afghan capital.
Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US Central Command, said in a statement that the military forces launched an air strike by drone targeting a vehicle in Kabul, to eliminate an imminent threat of Daesh-Khorasan Province” on Hamid Karzai International Airport.
He also explained that the large explosions that followed the strike indicated that the vehicle contained a huge amount of explosives.