On Friday, the Pentagon confirmed that a recent drone strike launched with the intention to kill ISIS-K terrorists behind recent attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan was actually a tragic mistake that killed 10 civilians.
On Aug. 29, a U.S drone strike targeted a white Toyota sedan believed to be carrying explosives. However, now the Pentagon is admitting that the driver of the car, Zemari Ahmadi, was a longtime worker for a U.S. aid group, had nothing to do with ISIS.
The Hill reports:
“I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children were tragically killed in that strike,” U.S. Central Command head Gen. Frank McKenzie told reports at the Pentagon. “Moreover, we analyzed that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died or associated with ISIS-K or were a direct threat to US forces.”
“I offer my profound condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed. This strike was taken in the earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces in the evacuees at the airport, but it was a mistake. And I offer my sincere apology. As the combatant commander. I am fully responsible for the strike in this tragic outcome.”