THE Pentagon has offered to pay and to relocate the Afghan family of ten killed in a botched drone strike in Afghanistan this summer.
The family, including seven children, were killed on August 29 in the last US strike during the country’s exit from war-torn nation.
The family, including seven children, were killed on August 29 during the US exit from Afghanistan
The Pentagon made the offer during a virtual meeting on Thursday between under secretary of defense for policy Colin H. Kahl and founder and president of Nutrition & Education International Steven Kwon.
Zemari Ahmadi, the driver killed in the strike, worked for Kwon’s aid organization.
The 43-year-old was behind the wheel of his 1996 Toyota Corolla when the strike was launched.
The amount of the “condolence payment” was not specified, as reported by The New York Times.
The Pentagon also said it was coordinating with the State Department to help the surviving members of the family move to the US in a statement released on Friday.
Head of US Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, previously said the strike was a “mistake” and Ahmadi was not related to Islamic State.
“It was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology,” McKenzie said.
A drone had observed men loading explosives into a vehicle.
In fact, victim Zemari Ahmadi had been piling the car with jugs of water.
The drone attack’s force set off a large secondary explosion, which officials originally claimed was evidence the car was indeed carrying explosives.
However, an investigation determined the blast was likely a propane tank in the driveway.
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