WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday said it had offered indefinite compensation to the families of 10 people in Afghanistan, including seven children who were mistakenly killed in a US drone strike as US forces were completing an evacuation. Were
The Pentagon also said in a statement that it was working with the State Department to relocate any relatives in the United States who wanted to leave Taliban-held Afghanistan.
The Pentagon said the pay offer was made Thursday between Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Cahill and Steven Cowan, founder and president of the Nutrition and Education International aid group in Afghanistan. Statement
The group employed Izmarai Ahmadi, who was mistakenly identified by US intelligence as an ISIS fighter during the last days of the US withdrawal from Kabul on August 29.
U.S. intelligence tracked down his white Toyota for eight hours and fired a missile at the vehicle, killing seven children and three adults, including Ahmadi.
The commander of US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, said at the time that US intelligence had spotted the vehicle at a location in Kabul that had been identified from where ISIS operatives were believed to be at Kabul airport. Were preparing for attacks.
Three days ago, a suicide bomber killed 13 people at the airport, including several US soldiers.
But last month, US officials acknowledged that the drone strike was a mistake.
At Thursday’s meeting, “Dr. Kahl noted that the strike was a tragic mistake and that Mr. Azmarai Ahmadi and others who were innocent victims were not at fault and were not affiliated with ISIS or threatening US forces.” Attributed by Defense Department spokesman John Kirby
“Dr. Kahl reiterated his commitment to the families of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, including the offer of ex-gratia condolence payments,” he said, without specifying how much money was offered.
Relatives of those killed in last month’s attack have demanded compensation and a face-to-face apology.
Austin has apologized for the attack. However, Ahmadi’s 22-year-old nephew Farshad Haidari said that was not enough.
“They should come here and apologize to us face to face,” he told AFP at a modest house in the densely populated Kawajah Barga area of Kabul.
Haidari, whose brother Nasir and a young cousin were also killed in the blast, said September 18 that the United States had no direct contact with the family.
At Thursday’s meeting, NEI chief Cowan described how Ahmadi “worked with the aid organization for many years, helping to care for and save the lives of people facing high mortality rates in Afghanistan.” ۔ “