General says it is unlikely ISIS-K members killed in August Kabul drone strike: 'A tragic mistake'

We now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K or a direct threat to US forces,” McKenzie said of the airstrike at a briefing, following an investigation by the Military.

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,” Mckenzie said, adding that he isfully responsible for this strike and this tragic outcome.

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드론 스트라이크, ISIS-K 요원을 목표로 한 것, 구급대원과 그의 가족 최대 9명이 사망하는 결과를 초래했습니다., 일곱 자녀를 포함하여. 미국에 따르면. 공무원, 차량에 파업, 이전에는 폭탄을 포함하고 ISIS-K 무장세력이 운영한 위협으로 여겨졌습니다., took place after a suicide bombing at Kabul airport in Afghanistan killed 13 우리. service members and civilians.

On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, I offer my deepest condolences to surviving family members of those who were killed, including Mr. Ahmadi, and to the staff of Nutrition and Education International, 씨. Ahmadi’s employer,” 로이드 J 국방장관. Austin III said in a lengthy statement on the investigation’s findings. “We now know that there was no connection between Mr. Ahmadi and ISIS-Khorasan, that his activities on that day were completely harmless and not at all related to the imminent threat we believed we faced, and that Mr. Ahmadi was just as innocent a victim as were the others tragically killed.

We apologize, and we will endeavor to learn from this horrible mistake,” Austin added, saying that officialswill scrutinize not only what we decided to doand not doon the 29th of August, but also how we investigated those outcomes.

We owe that to the victims and their loved ones, to the American people and to ourselves,” 오스틴이 말했다.

드론 스트라이크, as classified by Mckenzie as a “비극적인 실수,” was previously hailed as arighteous strikeby Gen. 마크 밀리, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In a dynamic high threat environment, the commanders on the ground had appropriate authority and had reasonable certainty that the target was valid but after deeper post strike analysis our conclusion is that innocent civilians were killed,” Milley said Friday. “This is a horrible tragedy of war and it’s heart-wrenching and we are committed to being fully transparent about this incident.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also described the strike as a success of newover the horizoncapabilities in late August.

What we’ve seen over the past week is that our over the horizon capacity can work and has worked in going after ISIS targets and killing people who went after our troops,” Psaki said at the time. “So that’s where our resources and our focus is going to be on at this point in time.

폭스 뉴스’ Jennifer Griffin contributed to this article.

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