Aimal (R), brother of Ezmarai Ahmadi, stands subsequent to the wreckage of a automobile that was broken in a US drone strike within the Kwaja Burga neighbourhood of Kabul on September 18, 2021.
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Two prime commanders, Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie of the Marine Corps, and Special Forces Operations Command Gen. Richard Clarke of the Army, each beneficial no punishment for the personnel concerned within the strike, in response to two Defense Department officers who spoke to NBC News.
That suggestion got here after a Pentagon investigation discovered that the strike did not violate the legal guidelines of conflict.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who beforehand known as the civilian deaths a “horrible mistake,” concurred within the resolution not to reprimand any personnel for the strike.
The strike got here through the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which President Joe Biden had ordered in April. The Taliban rapidly toppled the Afghan authorities, even earlier than U.S. troops had exited the nation.
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 16: Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, testifies earlier than the Senate Armed Services Committee concerning the ongoing U.S. military operations to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) throughout a listening to within the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. Austin mentioned that sluggish progress was nonetheless being made towards ISIL however there have been setbacks, together with the ambush of U.S.-trained fighters in Syria and the buildup of Russian forces within the nation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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