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U.S. Central Command head Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. announced on Friday that after a thorough investigation of a U.S. drone strike on Aug. 29 in Kabul, Afghanistan, they have determined 10 civilians had been killed, including up to seven children. He added it was unlikely the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K.
“It was a mistake and I offer my sincere apologies,” McKenzie said during a Pentagon briefing. “The strike was a tragic mistake.”
McKenzie went on to explain surveillance that had been done and it was his assessment leaders on the ground “had achieved reasonable certainty at the time of the strike to designate the vehicle as an imminent threat to U.S. forces at the airport.” He also said his assessment was the strike team was convinced at the time of the strike that the area was clear of civilians.
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