A tragic mistake, officials have confirmed 10 civilians, including at least seven children died in kabul. No islamic state militants were killed, general frank mckenzie, the head of u.s central command, says his condolences are with the family and friends of those who lost their lives, 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 up to 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 or were a direct threat to u.s forces. I offer my profound condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed well to washington, our u.s correspondent, martha keller and martha. There were reports of this at the time. People on the ground said that it was family members that were killed and the u.s denied this and said it was militants until now, yeah general mckenzie theyre saying he offers his profound condolences to the families of those who were killed in that drone strike its important To note that, as recently as monday, the pentagon was saying that this was a strike based on good intelligence and they said it was necessary to provo prevent further attract attacks on american troops outside the airport in kabul. Now this strike was initiated at a time of incredibly high tension in kabul just days after the suicide bombing attack which killed 13 u.

s military members and scores of afghan civilians on the ground. General mark milley, the the chairman of the joint chief of staffs, said in the wake um of that strike, that officials had very good intelligence and that it was necessary to prevent further attacks like that, one that we saw outside the airport over the period of the Last couple of weeks, its become accepted that civilians were killed in that attack, and but the u.s defense was still saying um that isis at least one isis member, an isis facilitator, had been killed in that drone strike on august the 29th. They now accept that no isis facilitator was killed in that drone strike and, in fact, its accepted now that it was ten members all of the same family, seven were children and one was a toddler. Three adults: three men that were killed were also on the u.s visa pathway, now accepted that this has been a failure of intelligence, um its thought that the explosives that they believed that were inside um, a toyota van, a toyota sedan van that the family were traveling. In were, in fact, water bottles thats, just one of what um its assumed has been a series of intelligence failings. Now, president biden was briefed on this um on the findings of this report. This morning in the white house, hes now departed the white house to one of his homes in delaware, but were expecting that over the next few days.

We may hear from the president serious questions not just about this failing of intelligence, but about what this means for the use of drones, um as a way of attacking um outside targets in the future. President biden said in the wake of this attack that it had been a success and it had been showing the success of what he called over the horizon attacks in afghanistan. A way of launching these strikes from outside the country. But clearly, this places more questions over whether drone strikes will be used by the us in the future.

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