Washington also pledged to help family members who are interested in moving to the United States after the botched operation.
The Pentagon provided unspecified condolences to the families of 10 civilians who were killed in a botched U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan in August in the last days before U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan.
The U.S. Department of Defense stated that in addition to cooperating with the U.S. State Department to support family members who are interested in moving to the U.S., it has also made a commitment, which includes providing “ex-gratia condolences.”
U.S. Undersecretary for Policy Colin Carr held a virtual meeting with Steven Kwon, founder and president of Nutrition and Education International on Thursday. The organization hired Zemari, who was killed in a drone attack on August 29. Zemari Ahmadi, John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said on Friday night.
Kirby said that Ahmadi and others who were killed in the drone attack are innocent victims. They do not bear any responsibility. They are also related to the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) or to the U.S. military. The threat is irrelevant.
The drone strike in Kabul killed as many as 10 civilians, including 7 children.
The Pentagon earlier stated that the target of the August 29 attack was an ISKP suicide bomber who completed the final phase of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan at the airport, posing an imminent threat to the US-led army.
However, almost immediately there were reports that an attack in a community west of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul caused civilian deaths, including children.
The live video showed that the wreckage of a car was scattered around the courtyard of the building. The Pentagon later said that the raid was a “tragic mistake.”
Three days ago, ISKP suicide bombers killed 13 U.S. troops and dozens of Afghan civilians crowded outside the airport gate, desperate to secure seats on evacuation flights. Before that, the well-trained U.S. Afghan army had disappeared and the Taliban On stage. The capital in mid-August.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin apologized for the botched attack. However, Farshad Haidari, Ahmadi’s 22-year-old nephew, said this was not enough.
“They have to come here and apologize to us,” he told AFP in a simple bombed house in the densely populated Kwaja Burga of Kabul.
Haidari’s brother Naser and his young cousin were also killed in the explosion. He said on September 18 that the United States had no direct contact with his family.
The killing of civilians has also raised questions about the future of U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan.