The United States has admitted it killed ten civilians in a drone strike in Kabul on August 29th. The attack was one of its final military operations before entirely pulling out of Afghanistan after 20 years.
Initially, the Pentagon defended the strike - saying it hit an Islamic State militant. But now, after investigating the incident, it's owning up to the error.
In a written statement Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin apologized for the strike - admitting that the deadly attack had been a tragic mistake.
An internal review revealed that only civilians were killed in the strike on the 29th of August - an aid worker and nine members of his family, including seven children.
The attack happened as the US was scrambling to evacuate its forces and civilians from Afghanistan - and just days after a terrorist attack at Kabul airport which killed dozens of people. Based on faulty intelligence, the US launched a drone strike on a car it believed was carrying militants about to mount a suicide bombing.
Now it's clear that was not what happened. The US says it's considering paying compensation to the surviving family members.
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