? We WANT TO TAKE YOU TO THE AND GOT WERE PRESS SECRETARY JOHN KIRBY IS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS. LETS WATCH.S BEEN. I WILL COME BACK UP AND BRIEF ON SOME OTHER TOPICS.. What THAT CAN YOU HEAR AND SEE ME? Okay? I CAN HEAR AND SEE YOU FOUND. ALL GOOD HERE.. I WILL TURN THE FLOOR OVER TO YOU.. Thank YOU, JOHN. GOOD, AFTERNOON. IM HERE TO BRIEF THE RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION I DIRECTED FOLLOWING THE REPORT OF CIVILIAN CALLA GEES FROM OUR STRIKE IN KABUL ON 29 AUGUST.. Having THOROUGHLY REVIEWED THE FINDINGS OF THE INVESTIGATION AND THE SUPPORTING ANALYSIS BY INTERAGENCY PARTNERS, I AM NOW CONVINCED THAT AS MANY AS 10 CIVILIANS, INCLUDING SEVEN CHILDREN, WERE TRAGICALLY KILLED IN THAT STRIKE.. Moreover, WE NOW ASSESS THAT IT IS UNLIKELY THAT THE VEHICLE AND THOSE WHO DIED WERE ASSOCIATED WITH ISIS K OVER A DIRECT THREAT TO U.S. FORCES. OFFER MY PROFOUND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THOSE WHO WERE KILLED.. The STRIKE WAS TAKEN IN THE EARNEST BELIEF THAT IT WOULD PREVENT AN IMMINENT THREAT TO OUR FORCES AND THE EVACUEES AT THE AIRPORT., BUT IT WAS A MISTAKE. AND OFFER MY SINCERE APOLOGIES. AS A COMBATANT COMMANDER. I AM FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STRIKE IN THIS TRAGIC OUTCOME.. I HAVE A GUT WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT FINDINGS OF THE INVESTIGATION. I DO WANT TO PROVIDE THE BACKGROUND LEADING UP TO THE STRIKE AND INCLUDE AN EXPLANATION AS TO WHY WE FELT REASONABLY CERTAIN THAT THIS WAS A LEGITIMATE STRIKE ON AN IMMINENT ISIS, A WITH NO INDICATION THAT THE STRIKE WOULD RESULT IN CIVILIAN CASUALTIES, AS WE ASSERTED IN Our INITIAL STATEMENTS.

, THE STRIKE ON 29 AUGUST, MUST BE CONSIDERED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND. IN KABUL AT THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. FOLLOWING THE ISIS K ATTACK THAT RESULTED IN THE DEATHS OF 13 SOLDIERS AND MARINE TO MORE THAN 100 CIVILIANS. Abbey GATE. On 26 AUGUST, AND ALSO WITH A SUBSTANTIAL BODY OF INTELLIGENCE, INDICATE THE IMMINENCE OF ANOTHER ATTACK. IN THE 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE STRIKE. Sensitive INTELLIGENCE INDICATED THAT THE COMPOUND AT POINT NUMBER ONE ON THE MAP. – WAS BRING THE MAP UP NOW PLEASE. AND WE ARE JUST GOING TO BRING THIS UP.. Hopefully YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IT AS WE GO FORWARD. JOHN. Can YOU SEE THE MAP JOHN? Can YOU HEAR ME NOW THE PRESS HAS FOUR COPIES. ROGER. IM GOING TO CONTINUE BASED ON THAT. IN THE 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE STRIKE. Sensitive INTELLIGENCE INDICATED THAT THE COMPOUND AT POINT NUMBER ONE ON THE MAP, WAS BEING USED BY ISIS K, PLANNERS. USED TO FACILITATE FUTURE ATTACKS.. We WERE ALSO RECEIVING A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF REPORTS INDICATING MULTIPLE AVENUES OF ATTACK WHICH WERE BEING PLANTED, SIMULTANEOUSLY., TO WHICH I SAYS, KATE, WOULD ATTEMPT TO HARM OUR FORCES, INCLUDING WITH ROCKETS SUICIDE, EXPLOSIVE, VESTS AND VEHICLE BORNE, IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES. COMBAT IN THE 36 HOURS PRECEDING THE Strike OUR LEADERS ON THE GROUND AT THE AIRPORT AND IN THE STRIKE CELL, RECEIVED MORE THAN 60 DIFFERENT PIECES OF INTELLIGENCE RELATED TO IMMINENT THREATS, WITH SOME INTELLIGENCE COOPERATING AND SOME CONFLICTED.

WITH A DENSE OBSERVED FROM THE UAVS THAT WERE FLYING ABOVE COBBLE THROUGHOUT THE DAY.. One OF THE MOST RECURRING ASPECTS OF THE INTELLIGENCE WAS THE ISIS KATE WOULD UTILIZE A WHITE TOYOTA. Corolla IS A KEY ELEMENT IN THE NEXT ATTACK., BECAUSE THE COMPOUND AT POINT NUMBER ONE WAS OUR STRONGEST LEAD FOR THE SERIES OF IMMINENT ATTACKS. We INITIATED AN INTENSE SURVEILLANCE OF THE COMPOUND WITH AS MANY AS SIX IN NE REAPERS ON THE MORNING OF 29, AUGUST. 852 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON 29 AUGUST, AND WHAT TOYOTA COROLLA ARRIVED AT POINT NUMBER ONE. The COMPOUND WE BELIEVE TO BE A KEY AREA OF INTEREST ASSOCIATED WITH IMMINENT THREATS TO THE AIRPORT. TWO ADULT MALES, EXITED THE VEHICLE. AND MET WITH AN ADULT MALE IN THE COMPOUND AND RECEIVED A BAG FROM HIM.. And WE FOLLOWED THE VEHICLE. AT 905 A.M. THE TOYOTA COROLLA PICKED UP A 3rd ADULT MALE CARRYING A BAG AT POINT NUMBER TWO. AND THEN CONTINUE SOUTH. AT 935. The COROLLA ARRIVED AT THE COMPOUND AT POINT NUMBER THREE., WHICH WE NOW KNOW TO INCLUDE THE OFFICE OF NUTRITION AND EDUCATION. International AND ALL THREE ADULT MALES IN THE VEHICLE ENTERED THE BUILDING ON THE COMPOUND. AT 1119 A.M. THREE ADULT MALES, UNLOADED BAGS AND JUGS FROM THE TRUNK OF THE VEHICLE BEFOREDEPARTING, THE COMPOUND AT 1122 A.M. HEADING SOUTH.. At APPROXIMATELY THIS TIME, U.S. FORCES WERE NOTIFIED OF A SENSITIVE INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION INDICATING THE AGENT ISIS KATE CELL LEADER IN KABUL, WAS DROPPING OFF SUPPLIES.

. At 1211, THE COROLLA ARRIVED AT POINT NUMBER FOUR. AND AT LEAST TWO ADULT MALE OCCUPANTS EXITED THE VEHICLE IN FRONT OF AN OFFICE BUILDING BEFORE RETURNING TO THEIR VEHICLE AND DEPARTING AT 127 P.M. HEADING WEST AND THEN SOUTH. AT 200 P.M. THE COROLLA RETURNED TO THE COMPOUND. At POINT NUMBER THREE., SUBSEQUENTLY, MULTIPLE ADULT MALES WERE OBSERVED, LOADING THE TRUCK OF THE VEHICLE, THE TRUNK OF THE VEHICLE WITH ITEMS ASSESSED AT THE TIME TO BE EXPLOSIVES. FOR DEPARTING AT 347 P.M. WITH FOUR ADULT MALES HEADING NORTH.. At 411 P.M. THE COROLLA RETURNED TO POINT NUMBER TWO AND DROPPED OFF ONE ADULT MALE CARRYING A BAG. THEN CONTINUE NORTH. AFTER DRIVING NEAR POINT NUMBER ONE. The COROLLA DROPPED OFF ONE ADULT MALE ON THE ROAD AT POINT NUMBER FIVE., WHICH WAS ROUGHLY SEVERAL HUNDRED METERS NORTH OF POINT NUMBER ONE. At 4′ P.M. THE COROLLA DROPPED OFF THE LAST PASSENGER ON THE ROAD AT POINT NUMBER SIX., AT 451 P.M. THE COROLLA ARRIVED AT POINT NUMBER SEVEN AND BACK INTO THE COMPOUND APPROXIMATELY THREE KILOMETERS FROM THE AIRPORT., WHICH WAS THE CLOSEST HE CAME TO THE AIRPORT, ALL DAY.. We WERE VERY CONCERNED THAT THE VEHICLE COULD MOVE QUICKLY AND BE AT THE AIRPORT BOUNDARY IN A MATTER OF MOMENTS.. By THIS TIME WE OBSERVED THE VEHICLE FOR ABOUT EIGHT HOURS., WHILE IN THE COMPOUND THE VEHICLE WAS OBSERVED, BEING APPROACHED BY A SINGLE ADULT MALE ASSESSED AT THE TIME TO BE A CO CONSPIRATOR.. The STRIKE WAS EXECUTED AT THIS TIME.

BECAUSE THE VEHICLE WAS STATIONARY AND THERE WAS A POTENTIAL FOR CIVILIAN CASUALTIES.. The SINGLE HELLFIRE MISSILE WAS FUSED TO DETONATE INSIDE THE VEHICLE.. The FURTHER MINIMIZE THE CHANCE FOR CIVILIAN CASUALTIES. IS STRUCK THE VEHICLE AT 453 P.M. WHICH PRODUCED AN EXPLOSIVE EVENT AND FLAME SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER THAN HELLFIRE MISSILE WOULDVE BEEN EXPECTED TO PRODUCE.. It IS MY ASSESSMENT THAT LEADERS ON THE GROUND AND THE STRIKE SALE HAD ACHIEVED A REASONABLE CERTAINTY AT THE TIME THE STRIKE TO DESIGNATE THE VEHICLE AS AN IMMINENT THREAT TO U.S. FORCES AT THE AIRPORT., IN THAT THEY MADE A SELF DEFENSE STRIKE IN ACCORDANCE WITH ESTABLISHED Rules OF ENGAGEMENT. THAT ASSESSMENT IS BASED UPON INTERVIEWS WITH LEADERS ON THE GROUND AND MEMBERS OF THE STRIKE CELL, ON A REVIEW OF THE INTELLIGENCE AVAILABLE TO THE TEAM. At THE TIME OF THE STRIKE AND ON THE TEAMS. Interpretation OF HOW THE VEHICLE AND ITS OCCUPANTS ACTIONS WERE CONFIRMED IN THE INTELLIGENCE THAT THEY WERE SEEN.. It IS FURTHER MY ASSESSMENT THAT THE STRIKE TEAM WERE CONVINCED THAT THE TIME OF THE STRIKE THAT THE AREA WAS CLEAR OF CIVILIANS AND THAT THEY HAD TAKEN PRUDENT STEPS IN REGARD TO DESTRUCTIVE MINIMIZE THE POTENTIAL FOR CIVILIAN CASUALTIES. But FINALLY, IT IS MY ASSESSMENT THAT THEY DO BELIEVE AS REPORTED THAT THERE WAS A SECONDARY EXPLOSION.. Our INVESTIGATION NOW CONCLUDES THAT THE STRIKE WAS A TRAGIC MISTAKE.. First, I WILL STRESS IT WAS NOT A RUSHED STRIKE.. The STRIKE WERE DELIBERATELY FOLLOWED AND OBSERVED THE VEHICLE AND ITS OCCUPANTS FOR EIGHT HOURS, WHILE CROSSCHECKING WHAT THEY WERE SEEING WITH ALL AVAILABLE INTELLIGENCE TO DEVELOP A REASONABLE CERTAINTY OF THE IMMINENT THREAT THAT THE VEHICLE POSED TO OUR FORCES.

. Second, WHILE THE INITIAL REPORT INDICATED A SECONDARY EXPLOSION, THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION COULD ONLY CONCLUDE THAT THERE WAS A POSSIBLE TO PROBABLE PRESENCE OF EXTERNAL ACCELERANTS THAT CAN INCLUDE EITHER EXPLOSIVE MATERIAL IN THE VEHICLE OR AN IGNITION OF THE GAS TANK OF THE VEHICLE.. Subsequent ANALYSIS COULD NOT RULE OUT THE PRESENCE OF A SMALL AMOUNT OF EXPLOSIVE MATERIAL, BUT DETERMINED THE MOST LIKELY CAUSE WAS THE IGNITION OF GAS FROM MY PROPANE TANK LOCATED IMMEDIATELY BEHIND THE CAR.. Such AN IGNITION WOULDVE CREATED A BRIEF BUT MASSIVE FIREBALL, DIRECTLY UP AND OUT OF THE COMPOUND THAT WAS OBSERVED IN THE VIDEO.. If WE CAN GET THAT NEXT PHOTO UP PLEASE. VALLEY, WHILE THE STRIKE REPORTED. Can YOU HEAR ME? Okay, I GOT YOU SIR., WHILE THE STRIKE REPORTED THE PRESENCE OF TWO ADULT MALES ONE INSIDE THE VEHICLE AND ONE OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE. At THE TIME OF THE STRIKE, THE SEA INITIATED A REVIEW OF FOOTAGE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE REPORT OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES. AND DETERMINED THAT A FEW PARTIALLY OBSCURED FORMS WERE BRIEFLY VISIBLE. Moving IN THE COMPOUND., THIS LED TO MY INITIATION OF AN INVESTIGATION WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE STRIKE.. A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF ALL THE AVAILABLE FOOTAGE AND REPORTING ON THE MATTER LED US TO A FINAL CONCLUSION. THAT AS MANY AS 10, CIVILIANS WERE KILLED IN THE STRIKE, INCLUDING SEVEN CHILDREN.. At THE TIME OF THE STRIKE BASED UPON ALL THE INTELLIGENCE AND WHAT WAS BEING REPORTED. I WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE STRIKE HAD AVERTED AN IMMINENT THREAT TO THE FORCES AT THE AIRPORT.

BASED UPON THAT ASSESSMENT AND OTHER LEADERS IN THE DEPARTMENT REPEATEDLY ASSERTED THE VALIDITY OF THE STRIKE. IM HERE TODAY TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT AND ACKNOWLEDGE OUR MISTAKES.. I WILL IN MY REMARKS WITH THIS I NOTICE INSINCERE AND PROFOUND CONDOLENCES FOR THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THIS TRAGIC STRIKE.. We WERE EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY, AND I WILL FINISH BY SAYING THAT, WHILE THE TEAM CONDUCTED THE STRIKE, THEY DID SO IN THE HONEST BELIEF THEY WERE PREVENTING AN IMMINENT ATTACK ON OUR FORCES AND CIVILIAN EVACUEES.. We NOW UNDERSTAND THAT TO BE INCORRECT. WITH THAT IM READY TO TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS.. Thank YOU, GENERAL. TOM. GENERAL. This IS A COMPLETE AND UTTER FAILURE.. Can YOU EXPLAIN HOW THIS POSSIBLY COULD HAVE HAPPENED THIS PARTICULAR STRIKE? We CERTAINLY HAD A TERRIBLE MISTAKE AND WE CERTAINLY REGRET THAT. IVE BEEN VERY CLEAR THAT WE TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR.. At THE SAME TIME, WE ARE CARRYING OUT A NUMBER OF COMPLEX OPERATIONS DESIGNED TO DEFEND OURSELVES.. We CONDUCTED THE STRIKE A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE THAT WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL.. We CONDUCTED OTHER OPERATIONS DEFEND OURSELVES DURING THIS VERY DIFFICULT 48 HOUR PERIOD. WHEN SO MANY IMMINENT THREATS WERE MANIFEST.. While I AGREE WITH THAT, THE STRIKE CERTAINLY DID NOT COME UP TO OUR STANDARDS AND I PROFOUNDLY REGRET I WOULD NOT QUALIFY THE ENTIRE OPERATION IN THOSE TERMS.. Will ANYBODY HELP ME HELP RESPONSIBLE? We ARE IN THE PROCESS RIGHT NOW OF CONTINUING THAT LINE OF INVESTIGATION.. I HAVE NOTHING FOR YOU NOW BECAUSE IT INVOLVES PERSONNEL ISSUES.

. Please IDENTIFY YOURSELF AN OUTLET WHEN YOU ASK A QUESTION., CBS NEWS.. You SAID THAT YOU STARTED FOLLOWING THIS CAR AFTER IT SHOWED UP AT THE PLACE ASSOCIATED WITH CRISIS. IN RETROSPECT. Was THAT PLACE ASSOCIATED WITH ISIS, AND THIS WAS DESCRIBED AS AN OVER THE HORIZON STRIKE, WHICH IS WHAT THE U.S. WILL BE RELYING ON FROM NOW ON.? What IS THIS INCIDENT SAYING ABOUT THE RELIABILITY OF FUTURE STRIKES AGAINST TERRORIST THREATS IN AFGHANISTAN? I WILL TAKE THE FIRST PART OF YOUR QUESTION AND BEGIN WITH THAT. .1 ON THE MAP WE DO ASSESS. This IS ISIS K. LESS THAN 24 HOURS LATER ROCKETS WILL BE LAUNCHED AGAINST THE EVER.. We HAVE VERY GOOD INTELLIGENCE TO MAKE IT .1 ON THE MAP, AND IT WAS ABOUT AN AREA WHERE ISIS WAS CENTER.. I THINK THAT WAS A VERY GOOD INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT THAT BELIEF. FOR THE SECOND PART OF YOUR QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER IT WILL AFFECT FUTURE OPERATIONS. Let ME BE CLEAR.: THIS WAS A SELF DEFENSE STRIKE. TAKEN UNDER SELF DEFENSE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. BASED ON AN IMMINENT THREAT TO ATTACK US, AND THAT IS NOT THE WAY WE WOULD STRIKE IN AN OT H MISSION GOING INTO AFGHANISTAN AGAINST ISIS K TARGETS. FOR ONE THING: That WOULD NOT BE A SELF DEFENSE STRIKE., IT WILL BE DONE UNDER DIFFERENT RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. AND WE WOULD HAVE A LOT MORE OPPORTUNITY. Probably THEN, WE HAD, UNDER THIS EXTREME TIME, PRESSURE TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE TARGET. TO REVIEW THE PHRASE THAT YOU WILL BE FOR WILLIAM IT.

TO SOAK THE TARGET WITH MULTIPLE PLATFORMS TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP EXTENDED PATTERN OF LIGHT.. None OF THESE THINGS WERE AVAILABLE TO US, GIVEN THE URGENT AND PRESSING NATURE OF THE IMMINENT THREAT TO OUR FORCES. ARE YOCONSIDERING PREPARATIONS FOR THE VICTIMS HERE, AND WHAT DOES THIS SAY TO YOU ABOUT THE CAPABILITIES WEVE BEEN HEARING ABOUT? What ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED WITH CARRYING OUT STRIKES WHEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND IN AFGHANISTAN GOING FORWARD? As I SAID IN MY STATEMENT, WE ARE CONSIDERING PREPARATIONS FOR THIS. AND ULTIMATELY, WE ARE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO DETERMINE A WAY FORWARD THERE AND I TO UNDERSTAND, IS DIFFICULT TO REACH ON THE GROUND INTO ACTUALLY REACH PEOPLE.. We ARE INTERESTED IN DOING THAT AND WE WILL MOVE ON IT BASED ON OUR ABILITY TO DO THAT. YOUR QUESTION ABOUT THIS AND OPH. I WILL ECHO WHAT I SAID.. I WOULD REJECT THE PARALLEL BETWEEN THIS OPERATION AND INJURED OVER THE HORIZON SITE AGAINST INJURY. Isis K TARGET. AGAIN BECAUSE WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER DEVELOP THE TARGET IN TIME TO LOOK AT PATTERN OF LIFEAT. That TIME WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO US, BECAUSE THIS WAS AN IMMINENT THREAT TO OUR FORCES.. It IS IMPORTANT THAT I EMPHASIZE THAT. WE DID NOT HAVE THE LUXURY OF TIME AND TO DO A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS. WAS STRUCK UNDER THE THEORY OF REASONABLE 3rd SUNDAY.. Probably OUR STRIKES GOING FORWARD WILL BE UNDER A HIGHER STANDARD.

. Is A POLICY MATTER.

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