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President Joe Biden wants ‘thorough’ investigation into drone strike that killed 10 Afghan civilians – including seven children – but White House evades question of whether anyone should be fired

  • White House Press Sec. Jen Psaki answered questions about US drone strike that killed 10 Afghans
  • The Pentagon confirmed at a briefing Friday afternoon that it had not taken out any ISIS target, as the government had initially stated
  • The CIA reportedly warned the military that civilians were in the targeted attack area just seconds before the attack
  • The Pentagon Friday admitted the error and ‘tragic outcome’
  • She wouldn’t say if anyone should be fired for it










President Joe Biden wants a “thorough” government investigation into the US drone strike that killed an Afghan relief worker and his family, including seven children, the White House said Monday.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki raised multiple questions about the strike, which the Pentagon now calls a tragic mistake, after the Pentagon confirmed at a Friday afternoon briefing that it had not eliminated an ISIS target, as the government had initially stated.

“So as a person, as a president, as someone who has envisioned loss in different scenarios, both as a leader and personally, it’s his response – it’s a tragedy. And any loss of life is a tragedy,” Psaki said. And he supports the effort to move this forward as soon as possible and have a thorough investigation done.

President Joe Biden wants ‘thorough’ investigation into US drone strike that killed 10 Afghans, White House said

She dodged a question about whether anyone should be fired in this case, saying it was important that the Pentagon “came forward and made it very clear that this was the case, that they wanted to see this fast forward. They wanted to be as transparent as possible. They wanted to learn from what had happened.

“As the combatant commander, I am fully responsible for this attack and its tragic outcome,” said Central Command Marine Kenneth McKenzie during Friday’s briefing, where he detailed how the military destroyed a white Toyota vehicle in Kabul. attacked. assuming it was carrying out an ISIS plot to target the airport during the US evacuation.

A Pentagon TV frame grab shows Marine Corps Gen.  Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of the US Central Command, who announced via video link the completion of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, on August 30, 2021. McKenzie admitted that the US acted wrong when it launched a drone strike out in the final days of the American evacuation

A Pentagon TV frame grab shows Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of the US Central Command, who announced via video link the completion of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, on August 30, 2021. McKenzie admitted that the US acted wrong when it launched a drone strike out in the final days of the American evacuation

Relatives of the victims of a US drone strike stand next to the wreckage of the damaged vehicles, in their home, a day after the US apologized for attacking the civilians

Relatives of the victims of a US drone strike stand next to the wreckage of the damaged vehicles, in their home, a day after the US apologized for attacking the civilians

The drone attack followed a suicide bombing by ISIS-K at Kabul airport.

Psaki called the “direct threats of ISIS-K against our troops on the ground in Afghanistan. And that was the scenario in which the strike happened. It was clearly done incorrectly. And clearly a horrific tragedy has happened.

McKenzie had previously called it a “just attack,” assuming it knocked out a military target and caused a secondary explosion.

She defended the nation’s ability to carry out future “over the horizon” strikes in Afghanistan, despite the mistake.

Biden described it immediately after the strike as a form of retaliation against ISIS-K terrorists.

This strike was not the last. We will continue to track down those involved in that heinous attack and make them pay,” he said at the end of last month.

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