The U.S. military announced on Friday that it killed 10 Afghan civilians, including 7 children, during a failed drone strike in Kabul on August 29.
What the Pentagon said: “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,” Head of the United States Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie told reporters at the Pentagon.
- He added that the strike was intended to target militants whose car was thought to have been used during a bomb attack at the city’s airport.
“This strike was taken in the earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces and the evacuees at the airport, but it was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology,” McKenzie said.
What the other side is saying: In a swift response, former U.S ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, accused the Biden administration of targeting civilians rather than terrorists.
“This is what happens when you cripple our intelligence capabilities. Expect only more of this with his “over the horizon” strategy,” Haley tweeted.
Rather than killing terrorists, Biden's response to the murder of 13 U.S. servicemembers took the lives of an innocent family—including 7 children.
This is what happens when you cripple our intelligence capabilities. Expect only more of this with his "over the horizon" strategy.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) September 17, 2021