Bernie Sanders calls US drone strike in Afghanistan “human tragedy”
Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday called the deadly US drone strike in Afghanistan a “human tragedy” after the Pentagon admitted the attack that killed seven children was a mistake.
“I hope they understand what happened and make sure it never happens again. It is not just a human tragedy, it is reflected on us in front of the whole world. It is unacceptable. “The Vermont Independent said on CBS ‘ Confront the nation.
On August 29, before the complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, a US military officer authorized a drone strike on a civilian vehicle target initially suspected of being ISIS suicide bombers threatening US troops. in Kabul.
US General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the general command, said on Friday that the deadly attack was a “mistake” that killed 10 civilians, including seven children.
“This strike was carried out with the belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces and the evacuees at the airport, but it was a mistake and I offer my sincere apologies,” McKenzie told reporters on Friday.
U.S. troops in Afghanistan had evacuated locals following a two-decade war in the region, which ended on August 30. ISIS-K, a militant group affiliated with the Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan attacked an airport in Kabul in August, killing 13 US servicemen.
McKenzie said the botched drone strike was allowed in a frenzied situation on the ground. âWe haven’t had the luxury of the time,â he said. “We have struck under the theory of reasonable certainty.”
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen called McKenzie’s admission a “good” response.
“We now believe that it is unlikely that the vehicle and the deceased were associated with ISIS-Khorasan or posed a direct threat to US forces,” Mullen told ABC. This week Sunday. “I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed.”
The Defense Ministry’s admission drew criticism from both progressive and Republican lawmakers.
“Sorry” is not enough. Thousands of people have been killed in secret and inexplicable drone strikes over the past two decades. We should hold everyone involved in this to account and a full investigation of this program and the whole drone program, âRepresentative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, tweeted.
Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, tweeted: âThe Biden disaster in Afghanistan just keeps getting worse. This raises two obvious questions: Did the Taliban provide the wrong âinformationâ that led Biden’s administrator to kill 10 innocent civilians, including 7 children? If then, why did Biden trust the Taliban? “
News week has contacted the White House for comment.