No sanctions for US troops involved in deadly attack in Kabul – Pentagon

Victims of a mistaken US drone attack in Kabul await justice
FILE PHOTO: Ajmal Ahmad shows off the shoes of his nephews, the victim of a US drone strike that killed 10 civilians, including 7 children, as he stood next to an umbrella Damaged car in the yard of the house in Khwaja Bughra in Kabul, Afghanistan November 7, 2021. REUTERS / Zohra Bensemra

December 13, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Monday said no American service members would be held accountable for the August drone attack in Kabul that killed 10 civilians, including seven children. die.

An earlier investigation by the Air Force Inspector General said the August 29 strike was caused by an enforcement error, interpretation of information supporting certain views, and communication problems. The military previously called the attack a “tragic mistake.”

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters that senior commanders made several recommendations to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin regarding the incident, none including any measure of accountability. for specific personnel.

Austin accepted the recommendations, Kirby said.

“I don’t anticipate there will be individual accountability issues,” he added.

Kirby noted the high level of threat facing US forces after a deadly bombing outside Kabul airport killed 13 soldiers, a context he said was important.

“In this case, in the context of this particular strike… there is not a single case strong enough to bring about individual accountability.”

Although the Pentagon has said it is working to offer condolences and relocation to the families of Afghans killed in the strike, it is still negotiating with a relief organization using one of the victims. .

(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Peter Cooney) No sanctions for US troops involved in deadly attack in Kabul – Pentagon


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