December 15, 2021

No U.S. Troops Disciplined in Air Strike that Killed Civilians

No U.S. troops will face disciplinary action over their involvement in the August drone strike that killed innocent Kabul civilians, including children.

Chief Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved recommendations in strike operations based on the findings of an independent Pentagon review released in November. The review didn’t include any recommendations for discipline, Kirby said.

The review found communication breakdowns in the process of identifying and confirming the strike’s target, which killed 10 civilians, including seven children. Air Force Lt. Gen. Sami Said concluded the incident was a tragic mistake, not caused by misconduct or negligence.

“We know that there will be some who don’t like this particular decision, but it wasn’t an outcome that we came to without careful thought and consideration,” Kirby said.

He added that if Austin “believed that accountability was warranted and needed, he would certainly support those kinds of efforts.”

The August 29 drone strike killed Zemerai Ahmadi and nine family members. The 37-year-old was a longtime employee of an American humanitarian organization, Nutrition & Education International.

Steven Kwon, the organization’s founder, called the decision shocking.

“How can our military wrongly take the lives of ten precious Afghan people, and hold no one accountable in any way?” he said. “When the Pentagon absolves itself of accountability, it sends a dangerous and misleading message that its actions were somehow justified.”

The Associated Press reported that the U.S. is working to pay financial restitution to the surviving family members and potentially get them out of Afghanistan.


No troops disciplined in US strike killing Afghan civilians

9 comments on No U.S. Troops Disciplined in Air Strike that Killed Civilians

  1. LJ says:

    There are no innocents in war zones. Our govt tries harder than most to prevent civilian casualties. In the heat of war some accidents will happen. If Kwan dislikes that reality his organization should pull out of terrorist areas.

  2. DWL says:

    The fault lies with Milly and Austin, NOT the troops following their orders issued by the top brass, trying to save face and murdering children.

    1. akjohnIII says:

      you are right on the money.

    2. R T Neary says:

      You are SO right. The brass are pitiful weaklings!

  3. SLOJOE SUX says:

    “How can pResident Obiden wrongly take the lives of 13 precious U.S. soldiers and not be held accountable in any way?”

  4. Bruce G. says:

    Well when you use intelligence from the Taliban what do you expect! stupid!

  5. Nolan says:

    I don’t recall anybody over there giving our guys and girls an apology when some come home with missing limbs and some didn’t come home at all and a lot came home in a box. War is hell. Everybody looses .

  6. Dana says:

    Who passed on the info? Who were the commanding officers who gave the order? The city was coming apart, chaos? ever been in a war zone? I remember the Vietnam war, started when Ho Chi Minh asked Truman to help him get the French out of their country, they left in 1953 so what made JFK and LBJ build troops up to the 540,000 level ? the Gulf of Tonkin was based on faulty sonar cables, we bombed the north for nothing..we should have pulled out in 1953 Russia and China would never had allowed a US navy base at Cam Ranh Bay and the Asian mainland….its not those who serve its those who rule. you won’t see any movies of Vietnam except those in battle..

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