10 civilians killed in Aug Kabul drone strike: US general

"Having thoroughly reviewed the findings of the investigation, I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children, were tragically killed in that strike," McKenzie said

General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Commander, US Central Command
General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Commander, US Central Command
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Kenneth McKenzie, Commander of US Central Command, admitted on Friday that a US drone strike in late August in Kabul killed as many as 10 civilians, including 7 children.

"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," McKenzie told reporters during a Pentagon press briefing.

"We now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with IS-K, or were a direct threat to US forces," Xinhua news quoted him as saying.

The general admitted the deadly strike was a mistake.


"As the combatant commander, I am fully responsible for this strike and this tragic outcome."

The US Central Command said on August 29 that it launched a drone strike on a vehicle in Kabul, which it claimed had eliminated an "imminent" threat, posed by IS-K, an Afghanistan-based offshoot of the Islamic State, to the Hamid Karzai International Airport, where evacuations of US service members and personnel were underway.

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