The Pentagon offered unspecified amounts to relatives of the 10 civilians who died successful Aug. 29 onslaught and agreed to assistance relocate those who privation to determination to the U.S.
Oct. 15, 2021, 8:27 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon offered unspecified condolence payments this week to the household of the 10 civilians, including 7 children, who the subject has acknowledged were mistakenly killed connected Aug. 29 successful the past U.S. drone strike earlier American troops withdrew from Afghanistan.
In a connection released precocious Friday, the Pentagon besides said it was moving with the State Department to assistance surviving members of the household relocate to the United States.
The offers were made successful a virtual gathering connected Thursday betwixt Colin H. Kahl, the nether caput of defence for policy, and Steven Kwon, the laminitis and president of Nutrition & Education International, the assistance enactment that employed Zemari Ahmadi, the operator of a achromatic Toyota sedan that was struck by the American drone.
Senior Defense Department officials and subject commanders conceded past month that Mr. Ahmadi had thing to bash with the Islamic State, contrary to what subject officials had antecedently asserted. Mr. Ahmadi’s lone transportation to the violent radical appeared to beryllium a fleeting and innocuous enactment with radical successful what the subject believed was an Islamic State harmless location successful Kabul, an archetypal nexus that led subject analysts to marque 1 misjudgment aft different portion tracking Mr. Ahmadi’s movements successful the sedan for the adjacent 8 hours.
“Dr. Kahl noted that the onslaught was a tragic mistake and that Mr. Zemari Ahmadi and others who were killed were guiltless victims who bore nary blasted and were not affiliated with ISIS-K oregon threats to U.S. forces,” said the connection from John F. Kirby, the Defense Department’s main spokesman.
Mr. Kirby said Dr. Kwon had recounted Mr. Ahmadi’s enactment with the assistance radical implicit galore years arsenic an electrical engineer, “providing attraction and lifesaving assistance for radical facing precocious mortality rates successful Afghanistan.”
The Pentagon connection came aft Mr. Ahmadi’s household members successful Kabul complained that American officials had not contacted them astir relocating to the United States oregon offering condolence payments.
Pentagon officials said connected Friday that nary circumstantial magnitude for condolence payments was discussed successful Thursday’s meeting, but that it would beryllium successful aboriginal discussions betwixt the section and the assistance enactment and its lawyers, who are acting connected behalf of the household successful Afghanistan.
Congress has authorized the Pentagon to wage up to $3 cardinal a twelvemonth for payments to compensate for spot damage, idiosyncratic wounded oregon deaths related to the actions of U.S. equipped forces, arsenic good arsenic for “hero payments” to the household members of section allied forces, specified arsenic Afghan oregon Iraqi troops warring Al Qaeda oregon ISIS.
Condolence payments for deaths caused by the American subject person varied wide successful caller years. In fiscal 2019, for instance, the Pentagon offered 71 specified payments — ranging from $131 to $35,000 — successful Afghanistan and Iraq.
Almost everything elder defence officials asserted successful the hours, days and weeks aft the drone onslaught turned retired to beryllium false. The explosives the subject claimed were loaded successful the trunk of the sedan struck by the drone’s Hellfire rocket were astir apt h2o bottles, and a secondary detonation successful the courtyard successful the densely populated Kabul vicinity wherever the onslaught took spot was astir apt a propane oregon state tank, officials said.
Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the caput of Central Command, said successful a quality conference past period that the onslaught was carried retired “in the profound belief” that ISIS was astir to onslaught Hamid Karzai International Airport, arsenic the enactment had done 3 days earlier, sidesplitting about 170 civilians and 13 U.S. troops.
The acknowledgment of the mistaken onslaught came a week aft a New York Times probe of video grounds challenged assertions by the subject that it had struck a conveyance carrying explosives meant for the airport.
Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered a reappraisal of the military’s enquiry into the drone onslaught to determine, among different issues, who should beryllium held accountable and “the grade to which onslaught authorities, procedures and processes request to beryllium altered successful the future.”
The task has been assigned to Lt. Gen. Sami D. Said, the Air Force inspector general, and is expected to beryllium completed adjacent month. In the meantime, Mr. Austin, a retired four-star Army general, has ordered that immoderate further airstrikes successful Afghanistan person his approval.
“Nothing tin bring Zemari oregon these different precious radical back, but we admit the accidental to sermon these devastating losses successful item with elder Defense Department officials,” Dr. Kwon said successful a connection released by the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the assistance radical and the Ahmadi family. “We anticipation they volition enactment urgently to get surviving household members and impacted N.E.I. employees to information and to assistance them to rebuild their lives.”