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Pentagon Won’t Punish Anyone over Kabul Drone Strike That Killed 10 Civilians

HeadlineDec 14, 2021

The Pentagon said Monday no enlisted soldiers or officers would be punished for a deadly drone attack in Kabul during the final days of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. The August attack killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children. This is Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby.

John Kirby: “What we saw here was a breakdown in process and execution in procedural — procedural events, not — not the result of negligence, not the result of misconduct, not the result of poor leadership.”

The Pentagon initially said the strike averted an imminent threat by the Islamic State, and made other false claims about the attack, before walking back the claims and offering condolence payments to the victims’ families. Click here to see our coverage of this story.

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