US Central Command chief General Frank McKenzie announced that the US acknowledged that its special operation which involved a drone and took place in Kabul in August resulted in the deaths of 10 civilians including children.
Originally it was claimed that the attack was directed at an ISIS-K* fighter that presented a threat to US citizens.
However, now McKenzie acknowledged that it was “unlikely” that those who were killed in the drone attack had any affiliation with the terrorist movement.
“Having thoroughly reviewed the findings of the investigation and the supporting analysis by interagency partners, I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children, were tragically killed in that strike,” he said in a statement.
He also stressed that the decision to launch that operation was taken with the “earnest belief” that it would protect the airport where the evacuations were taking place from another attack.
“It was a mistake, and I offer my sincere apology. As a combatant commander, I am fully responsible for this strike and this tragic outcome,” he said.
The drone strike took place several days after Kabul airport was shaken by an explosion that took the lives of over 175 people, despite warnings from the US and the UK that such an attack is being planned by ISIS-K.
*ISIS-K is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.