report on drone strike

September 17, 2021
report on drone strike

I am here to set the record straight and acknowledge our mistakes.

Gen. Frank McKenzie, Central Command, on a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed at least 10 civilians, including 7 children, instead of an ISIS target.
  • The drone strike took place 3 days after a suicide attack at Kabul's airport during the U.S. evacuation.
  • Reports began almost immediately that the victims were children. The subsequent investigation showed these reports to be true. The U.S. did not successfully target any terrorist in this operation.
  • Gen. McKenzie said reparations are being considered for the families impacted; a review of personnel in the U.S. military is ongoing.
  • Gen. McKenzie defended the faulty conclusion of the military. He said the vehicle targeted had been watched for 8 hours before the attack, the U.S. military used specific weapons to lessen the change of civilian casualties and that a site the vehicle visited was used by terrorist a day later to shoot rockets at the airport.
  • Why It Matters: The result of this investigation raises questions about America's ability to target terrorist groups in the future, despite Gen. McKenzie's assurances that the capability and accuracy remains.

Here's information released from the Dept. of Defense – will be updated with full transcript when available.

by Jenna Lee,