The US military may have left Kabul and Afghanistan on August 30 but not their continued airstrikes.
A day before the August 30 pull-out deadline, an American drone bombed a civilian target in Kabul instantly killing at least 10 people, including seven children. Although the Pentagon apologized for the so-called “tragic mistake”, the incident shows the American military’s disregard for human lives.
Senior U.S. officers had said the Aug. 29 strike that took place as foreign forces completed the last stages of their withdrawal from Afghanistan targeted an Islamic States suicide bomber who posed an imminent threat to Kabul airport.
“At the time of the strike, I was confident that the strike had averted an imminent threat to our forces at the airport,” U.S. General Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, told reporters. “Our investigation now concludes that the strike was a tragic mistake.”
He said he now believed it unlikely that those who died were Islamic State militants or posed a direct threat to U.S. forces. The Pentagon was considering reparations for the civilians killed, McKenzie said.
Reports had emerged almost immediately that the drone strike had killed civilians including children. A spokesman for Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers, Zabihullah Mujahid, had said at the time that strike had killed seven people.
Reports surfaced later that several victims were loading water containers in the van. The US military suspected them of loading bombs instead prompting a hellfire missile strike.
America has been pounding Afghanistan since 2001 and although the military left Kabul, it is like that America’s atrocities against a sovereign nation will continue using remote weaponry like drones.
Although America said it will repair the damage, the promise would not likely be fulfilled in the future.