On Friday, the head of US Central Command (CENTCOM) admitted that the August 29th drone strike in Kabul killed 10 civilians, including seven children, and did not kill any ISIS-K members.
“As many as 10 civilians, including up to 7 children, were tragically killed in that strike. Moreover, we now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K,” said CENTCOM Commander Gen. Frank McKenzie.
The Pentagon initially claimed the strike killed an ISIS-K member and prevented an “imminent” attack on the Kabul airport. Gen. Mark Milley described the strike as “righteous,” and the White House said it was “successful.” But an investigation by The New York Times found the bombing targeted 43-year-old Zemari Ahmadi, an aid worker employed by a US-based NGO, and killed nine members of his family.
“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,” said McKenzie. He added that he is “fully responsible for this strike and this tragic outcome.”
The slaughter of the Ahmadi family is typical of US drone strikes. In 2015, documents leaked by whistleblower Daniel Hale, who was recently sentenced to 45 months in prison, revealed that during a five-month period between 2012 and 2013, 90 percent of the people killed by US drones were civilians.
The August 29th strike received so much scrutiny because of all the media attention on the US evacuation from Kabul. Often times US drone strikes target rural areas where there are virtually no reporters on the ground, and they are ignored by Western media. In Afghanistan, US drones and warplanes slaughtered scores of civilians in the final years of the war.
18 thoughts on “Pentagon Admits Kabul Drone Strike Killed 10 Civilians, Including 7 Children”
A Typical WAG The Dog move perfected by Bill Clinton to change the subject. he killed many on several ooccaions.
Congratulations to the New York Times and Washington Post for breaking the story and doing such a fine job of documenting the atrocity.
Of course, if the CIA wasn’t interested in embarrassing the DOJ, this wouldn’t have come to light by their lapdogs, the NYT and WaPo.
Agreed. The New York Times and Washington Post made sure enough time passed for the average American to forget what this was about. The truth came out quickly. In fact, Rand Paul was totally aware of this atrocity when he pressed Blinken on the subject 4 days ago. https://nypost.com/2021/09/14/sen-paul-grills-blinken-over-target-of-us-drone-strike/
CNN reported the atrocity on August 31, but you had to sift through a pile of manure to realize this was the same “successful, defensive, and righteous” drone attack initially announced by Biden and his clowns. https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/29/asia/afghanistan-kabul-evacuation-intl/index.html
One can wonder what the Pentagon would have said and when that would have been if the NYTimes had not investigated and published. It happened on the same day.[edit: no wait, the times published about it a week before]
I am old and for my entire life the US government has been at war with life, democracy and Earth based on the earnest belief these are threats to pentagonian security and capitalism itself.
“The Pentagon initially claimed the strike killed an ISIS-K member and prevented an “imminent” attack on the Kabul airport.”____ The Pentagon lying machine never stop working…!
In America, we drone them with vaccines.
“43-year-old Zemari Ahmadi, an aid worker employed by a US-based NGO”
They flat ass couldn’t deny it. When I first read the headlines I almost thought the world was about to be vaporized.
Typical Friday mea-culpa admission.
The US will add insult to injury and will try to buy off survivors with blood money at some ridiculously low “price per third world Muslim life” amount.
What if the survivors want vengeance ?
True justice would be if those responsible get a capital sentence.
Yes, most of his mea culpa is taken up with rationalizing the strike decision, all which, impossible to verify, could be factitious; and, given the record of the USM’s Afghanistan reporting almost certainly is.
Please see the website:
Moon of Alabama
for a more detailed, verified and documented account of the U.S. War Crime.
Moon of Alabama also provided the facts, videos, photographs and interviews almost immediately after the War Crime.
There are video interviews and photographs of the War Crime, which was merely a continuation of the War of Aggression, War Crimes and War Criminals.
That is you and me and we are together in this “Constitutional, [d]emocratic, Republic.
Oh, yes!, the War(s) of Aggression war first and foremost, for U.S. citizens, es and is an “UnConstitutional War.”
Which is not to say, Anti-War or any other so-called mainstream news service accurately, correctly or rightly addresses the legal issue(s).
More civilians killed, more radicals are recruited in the terrorist organizations, more job for the military and bigger is their budget. There are no reason, why the military should care about civilian casualties.
Y’all still expecting anything different since 2003?.. maybe the problem is the antiwar crowd. After 2 decades of war.. one built entirely on a pack of lies that crumbled within minutes of the invasion.. to even lend an ear to the pentagon puts you at a disservice.. if y’all wanted to have an impact on the same pentagon folks that monitor this website… Just cease to talk about or mention them. That would do more to change things then reporting on those that are paid to lie and have zero problems doing so. What do you possible think you’ll learn from the pentagon?… Saddam’s favorite potatoe chips?.. you can do without.
Boy, you’d think that the United States never killed any innocent person in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Serbia, Yemen, Libya, etc..
Of course, the only reason anyone in the MSM paid attention to these deaths and not millions of others was to punish the Biden Administration for withdrawing from Afghanistan.
Otherwise, they could not care less.
Course the difference between this and the previous administration is that it is even reported by the Pentagon. Doesn’t make anyone less dead.
I think you could call this admission a limited hangout. The full admission would be
To be fair (duh) none of this means that they had any idea about what they were doing but they are sure fluent in making things up.
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