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DOD: Military will not be punished for the Kabul air strike

General Frank McKenzie, Commander of US Central Command, appeared on screen as he spoke from MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Fla., as he spoke about Afghanistan during a briefing hosted by the spokesman. Pentagon John Kirby moderates at the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, August 30, 2021. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

General Frank McKenzie, Commander of US Central Command, appeared on screen as he spoke from MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Fla., as he spoke about Afghanistan during a briefing hosted by the spokesman. Pentagon John Kirby moderates at the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, August 30, 2021. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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UPDATE 7:29 AM Pacific Time – Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Biden administration hopes to undo mistakes made in the final days of the unsuccessful withdrawal from Afghanistan. It has been announced that Joe Biden’s Pentagon will not sanction any troops involved in the deadly air strike on a family of Afghan civilians.

On Monday, US Defense Department Press Secretary John Kirby acknowledged that no one will be punished for the incident in late August that left 10 civilians dead, including seven children. Kirby stated that after a number of internal and independent assessments, top DOD officials concluded that none of the soldiers involved were found to be criminally negligent, nor were they found in violation. law of war. He suggested that those involved would not be held responsible.

In the final days of the crisis in Afghanistan, the Pentagon ordered an airstrike on a vehicle near Kabul airport after claiming it was carrying weapons used against US troops. For nearly three weeks, the DOD declared the strike a success and advertised their efforts to prevent an impending attack.

However, reports revealed that the vehicle belonged to Zemari Ahmadi, 37, who was working with a US-based humanitarian organization. The other nine victims, including seven children, were part of the Ahmadi extended family. After reports surfaced, top military commanders finally admitted they had made mistakes.

“I now believe that as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children, were killed in that attack,” said CENTCOM Commander General Kenneth F. McKenzie. “Furthermore, we now recognize that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those killed were linked to ISIS-K or pose a direct threat to US forces. My condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives.”

Biden’s DOD continues to try to justify the strike by arguing that officials were overwhelmed by a suicide bombing that killed 170 potential evacuees and 13 US service members just days ago. there.

However, critics of the Republican Party did not buy their claims. Instead, they are hunting the authorities for their apparent incompetence in effectively implementing the withdrawals. GOP lawmakers pointed to intelligence reports predicting the rapid collapse of the Afghan government, an over-reliance on American military equipment and training, and low morale in the Afghan military.

Regarding the airstrike, Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) slandered the military-industrial complex’s propensity to use force without fully assessing whether they were targeting them. into who.

“You would think you would know someone in advance with a Predator drone, whether he’s an aide or if he’s ISIS-K,” the Kentucky lawmaker said. “You see the problem is… this happened to manager after manager. The Obama administration attracted hundreds of people. And the problem is that it backfires… there are these beautiful children who were killed in the attack. ”

Meanwhile, Kirby stressed that DOD Secretary Lloyd Austin is committed to changing the way the Pentagon conducts airstrikes. However, Austin has not disclosed this framework to the public.

Critics have further complained about the Pentagon’s stance, claiming that when the DOD absolves itself of accountability, it sends a dangerous and misleading message that its actions are somehow reasonable.

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