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No one to blame: No punishment for US troops for deadly drone strike in Afghanistan that killed ten family members

US officials have said that they will not punish any of the American troops or officials involved in the drone strike that killed 10 people in Afghanistan in August earlier this year, the US media reported on Tuesday

Dec 14, 2021
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Deadly drone strike in Afghanistan (Photo: Military)

US officials have said that they will not punish any of the American troops or officials involved in the drone strike that killed 10 people in Afghanistan in August earlier this year, the US media reported on Tuesday. US Central Command's Gen Kenneth McKenzie had described the strike on August 29 as a "tragic mistake".

The incident happened during the final days of the US-led evacuation from Kabul after the Taliban seized control of the country.

An aid worker and nine members of his family, including seven children, were killed in the drone strike. US officials said that American intelligence believed that the aid worker's car was linked to IS-K, a local branch of Islamic State and were planning to carry out an attack on the Kabul airport.

A high-level internal review published by the Pentagon last month was approved by Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, and concluded that there was no need for disciplinary action, as no law had been broken, and there was no evidence of misconduct or negligence.

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