, Dec 14 () –
The spokesman for the Department of Defense of the United States, John Kirby, announced on Monday that no military will face disciplinary measures for the drone attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul against an Afghan terrorist in which ten civilians were killed.
The investigation into the airstrike, which Kirby describes as “independent”, was entrusted to the Inspector General of the Air Force, General Sami Said, in which it was determined that there were errors of execution and interpretation of the information. This dossier was transmitted to yet another general and to General McKenzie, who had previously initiated an internal investigation.
However, following the findings, it has been determined that, in the context in which the US Army operated, personal responsibilities cannot be shared.
“In the context of this particular attack, because we lost thirteen members at Abbey Gate only a few days later and only a few days before our withdrawal from Afghanistan … in the context of the real threats we face, quite tangible threats on the part of the Islamic State (…) Here there were not enough solid arguments to defend personal responsibility, “Kirby explained at a press conference in which journalists asked about the responsibility for the attack and the example that could give for the families of the victims.
Kirby has reiterated that if “at any point in the investigation it had been discovered that there was poor leadership, that there was negligence, that there was criminal conduct, another investigation would have been launched.” In addition, it has announced that a series of recommendations have been made on the attack to the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, so that the incident does not repeat itself.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki explained in September that the process was going to be “as transparent as possible” because that is how Austin and the president himself wanted it, since they sought “to learn from what has happened.” In fact, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, “widely” supported this decision and regretted, through the spokesperson, that “the loss of any civilian life is a tragedy.”
On August 29, just two days after an attack on the Kabul airport claimed the lives of Afghan civilians and thirteen US soldiers, the US Army attacked a terrorist in a vehicle with a drone.
Initially, it was reported that no civilian casualties were complained, however local and US media claimed that in fact there had been at least ten civilians killed, including children, as a result of the air strike.