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General Admits Kabul Drone Strike Was ‘Terrible Mistake’ That Killed 10 Innocents

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A U.S. drone strike in Kabul on Aug. 29 that military planners thought was targeting an ISIS-K terrorist in fact “killed as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children,” a top American general said at a Pentagon news conference on Friday.

“Our investigation now concludes that the strike was a tragic mistake,” General Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, told reporters.

At the time of the strike, McKenzie said he was confident, based upon the intelligence he had received, that it “had averted, an imminent threat to our forces at the airport. Based upon that assessment, I and other leaders in the department repeatedly asserted the validity of this strike.”

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