Pentagon reverses itself, calls deadly Kabul strike an error

Reuters
Reuters

Washington - For days after the August 29 strike, Pentagon officials asserted that it had been conducted correctly.



By AP

Published: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 11:22 PM

Last updated: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 11:43 PM

The Pentagon retreated from its defense 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 a militant as first believed.

For days after the August 29 strike, Pentagon officials asserted that it had been conducted correctly, despite numerous civilians being killed, including children.

News organizations 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.


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