PROVIDENCE, R.I (WPRI) — American Troops are out of Afghanistan, and it was made known by Pentagon officials that the last airstrike of the war in the country was a mistake.
The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan in August, announcing that a review showed that only civilians were killed in the attack, and not extremists.
Of the ten people killed, seven were children.
The strike could lead to potential retaliation from the Taliban-run country according to 12 News Military Analyst, Lt. General. Reginald Centracchio.
“I think we will definitely see some activity over the next several months, if not sooner but they don’t need a reason, but they would use this as justification as to why they did something.”
“The strike was a tragic mistake,” Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference.
Though Pentagon officials asserted that the operation was conducted correctly, doubts were raised, reporting that the driver of the targeted vehicle was a longtime employee of an American humanitarian organization.
“I offer my profound condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed. This strike was taken in the earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces and the evacuees at the airport,”
Prior to the attack, 169 Afghan Civilians and 13 US service members were killed by the Islamic State group called ISIS-K.
General McKenzie says several complex operations were being carried out during the next 48 hours to defend soldiers and civilians.
“I and other leaders in the department repeatedly asserted the validity of this strike. I’m here today to set the record straight and acknowledge our mistakes.” said McKenzie
Lt. General Centracchio says that the update by The Pentagon was hard to hear, but an honest update that had to happen. He hopes the military continues to abide by its own rules and prevent further mistakes in the future.
“The military has a fast and steady rule that if you make a mistake you have to admit it and you have to correct it. You can’t make the same mistake twice.” he said.
*This story uses information from The Associated Press