Pentagon reverses itself, calls deadly Kabul strike an error
WASHINGTON: The Pentagon retreated from its defence of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that an internal review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Is mic State extremist as first believed. "The strike was a tragic mistake," Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of US Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference.
For days after the August 29 strike, Pentagon offi als asserted that it had been conducted correctly, despite numerous civilians being killed, including children.
News organisations later raised doubts about that version of events, reporting that the driver of the targeted vehicle was a longtime employee at an American humanitarian organisation and citing an absence of evidence to support the Pentagon's assertion that the vehicle contained explosives.
McKenzie said the vehicle was struck "in the earnest belief" that the targeted vehicle posed an imminent threat.
"I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children, were tragically killed in that strike," McKenzie said. "Moreover, we now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K, or a direct threat to US forces," he added,
US is the only country that can murder civilians including children and get away with it and stil pretend to be noble and eous.
US please mind your business. Don’t interfere in other country affairs in any way. Understood ?
the biggest such tragic mistake was Iraq where you went searching for "wons of mass destruction", found nothing, killed a million and came out with "ISIS"
My heart cries on hearing this, one of them a 2 years old kid. A child is a child be it India, Afganistan or US.
So sad and shameful, sitting at reme location and taking decisions with a click of mouse.But, it really need courage to accept your fault (fully respect and appreciate it) - now USA should introspect the error and punish the culprits if it was intentional.
US keeps shamelessly doing these 'tragic' mistakes and the world pays for their actions. So that attack was just playing to gallery and showing that some action has been taken. Is there any accountabilities for crimes commited by big nations?
at least they have guts to accept mistakes
Just imagine if any other country did the same mistake to US citizens what would Pentagon have done. My heart goes out to the innocent people who are killed mercilessly either by the Talibans or the American soldiers.
For them it is just saying sorry after killing so many innocent people. What is the definition of te rort? They kill innocent people. Are they not doing the same thing. But no one calls them te rort.
Dont they realize that it is their unfair actions which has created te rorm and te rorts in the world.
恐 怖分子杀害无辜的人。美国不是在做同样的事情吗，但没有人称他们为恐 怖分子。
It's always always a 'tragic' mistake for the US. But the next question is who will 'pay' for that mistake ? They always meddle in others affairs for their own selfish agenda, n then when their work is done, they withdraw leaving an absolute mess behind. US must be made responsible and made to pay for the clean-up activity too.
US is the leader of all te rorts. US can't survive without te rorm
美国是所有恐 怖分子的领袖。没有恐 怖主义，美国就无法生存
A most expensive error for the family that got hit. The US has caused the region immense misery - both, by entering here and then eting in a most shoddy manner!
This is the hallmark of a mature de acy . Accept mistake and making amends.
The 'White Collared' Te rorts
US is the Creator of all Evil forces, War Hungry country, no ethics, only business, selling arms, if countries that don't favor them , they used the tool Sanction , even not allow other countries to trade .
And as expected, the international community, h an ri hts organisations, liberandus will assume studied silence. Had India been in the US' position, all hellwould have broken loose.
USA a failed state
Visit the nearest US consulate and tell this to the people standing in the queue for hours to have their visa stamped.
Simply say Sorry or call it tragic and thats it...
Only Ametican lives are valuablable
US created a complete mess and a loss of fa th in them by AF citizen and rest of people.