US Will Not Punish Troops for Kabul Civilian Drone Strike

The Pentagon says the military will not punish any personnel for the drone strike in the Afghan capital Kabul that killed 10 civilians, including seven children.

Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby confirmed reports that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III approved a series of recommendations following an investigation into the deadly incident last August.

Kirby called the airstrike a “tragic mistake” but said no one was found criminally negligent during the investigation.

“This did not include disciplinary action for the military service members involved in the attack,” said Kirby. 

The investigation was led by Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., who leads US Central Command, and Gen. Richard D. Clarke, the head of the Special Operations Command.

“The secretary’s not approving or calling for additional accountability measures. I do not anticipate there being issues of personal accountability to be had with respect to the August 29th airstrike,” Kirby added.

An investigation by the Air Force’s inspector general, Lt. Gen. Sami D. Said, found the mistaken drone strike was the result of confirmation bias.

Military officials were looking for a white Toyota Corolla, and when a similar vehicle showed up at a suspected Islamic State (IS) location.

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