US provides to pay households of Afghans killed in drone assault

Washington additionally guarantees to assist members of the family who have been to relocate to the US following botched operation.

The Pentagon has supplied unspecified condolence funds to the household of 10 civilians who have been killed in a botched US drone assault in Afghanistan in August throughout the ultimate days earlier than American troops withdrew from the nation.

The US Department of Defense mentioned it made a dedication that included providing “ex-gratia condolence payments”, along with working with the US Department of State in assist of the members of the family who have been fascinated about relocation to the United States.

Colin Kahl, the US under-secretary of protection for coverage, held a digital assembly on Thursday with Steven Kwon, the founder and president of Nutrition & Education International, the help organisation that employed Zemari Ahmadi, who was killed within the August 29 drone assault, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby mentioned late on Friday.

Ahmadi and others who have been killed within the drone raid have been harmless victims who bore no blame and weren’t affiliated with Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-Ok) or threats to US forces, Kirby mentioned.

The drone raid in Kabul killed as many as 10 civilians, together with seven kids.

The Pentagon had mentioned earlier that the August 29 assault focused an ISKP suicide bomber who posed an imminent menace to US-led troops on the airport as they accomplished the final levels of their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

However, studies had emerged almost instantly that the assault in a neighbourhood west of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport had killed civilians, together with kids.

Video from the scene confirmed the wreckage of a automobile strewn across the courtyard of a constructing. The Pentagon later mentioned the raid was a “tragic mistake”.

The assault got here three days after an ISKP suicide bomber killed 13 US troops and dozens of Afghan civilians who had crowded exterior the airport gates, determined to safe seats on evacuation flights, after US-trained Afghan forces melted away and the Taliban swept to energy within the capital in mid-August.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has apologised for the botched assault. However, Ahmadi’s 22-year-old nephew Farshad Haidari mentioned that was not sufficient.

“They must come here and apologise to us face-to-face,” he instructed the AFP information company in a bombed-out, modest home in Kwaja Burga, a densely populated neighbourhood in Kabul.

Haidari, whose brother Naser and younger cousins additionally died within the blast, mentioned on September 18 that the US had made no direct contact with the household.

The killing of civilians additionally raised questions on the way forward for US drone assaults in Afghanistan.


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