On Friday, the US admitted that the drone strike it carried out in Kabul on August 29 was a ‘tragic mistake’. It claimed that all the 10 victims of the incident had no connection with the terrorist group Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), and were civilians.
Calling it a ‘mistake’, Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the US Central Command cited that the incident left 7 children dead. “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,” he added. The general added that the US is considering ex-gratia payments to the victims and, going forward strikes in Afghanistan ‘will be under a higher standard’.
On August 29, the Central Command had launched a drone strike on a vehicle in Kabul. It had information that the vehicle was a threat posed by the IS-K, an Afghanistan-based offshoot of the Islamic State terror group. The US military had earlier described the drone strike target in Kabul as an IS-K leader who was driving an explosives-laden car to the Hamid Karzai International Airport for a terrorist attack.
The incident was scheduled to take place as the Americans and other countries were evacuating personnel and Afghan allies after the fall of Kabul. Reportedly, Zemari Ahmadi, the driver of the car was a long-time worker for a US aid group, and had nothing to do with the Islamic State.