US proposes to compensate families of Kabul drone attack civilian victims

15:09, 16 October 2021
US proposes to compensate families of Kabul drone attack civilian victims Photo: Liu Jie/ XinHua/Global Look Press

The attack which took place in the Afghan capital in August took the lives of ten people.

The US government has offered compensation to the relatives of the civilians killed in a drone attack following an intelligence mistake in August. The administration also revealed it was helping the victims’ families move to the US.

The proposition has been presented during an online meeting between Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl and Steven Kwon, the founder and president of a non-profit organization Nutrition and Education International. 

The August strike took the lives of an aid worker Zamairi Ahmadi, his seven children, and two other relatives. The victim was erroneously believed to be an accomplice of IS-K*, Afghan branch of ISIL*. Among the victims, there was also Ahmad Naser who worked as a translator for the US army.

The intelligence service of the US captured the NGO member’s car and Ahmadi himself loading boxes at a compound associated with IS-K, according to US Central Command's General Kenneth McKenzie. American officials believed those were explosives but it later was discovered that the containers were filled with water.

The US forces launched a drone strike when the father arrived home. They recorded a secondary blast which they told proved the existence of the explosives but the following investigation said that it was caused by a propane tank. 

McKenzie later called the attack a “tragic mistake”, adding that it was carried out in the “earnest belief” that it would protect the airport which had been previously attacked by a suicide bomber.

In late August, as the US and other countries were finishing evacuation from Afghanistan, the airport of Kabul was targeted by an ISIS-K attack which took the lives of at least 170 civilians and 13 American soldiers.

*ISIL, IS-K are terror organizations banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries