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US vows to pay relatives of Afghans killed in botched Kabul airstrike

The US navy on Friday mentioned it plans to compensate the relatives of the ten civilians — together with seven kids — killed in a botched airstrike in Kabul, Afghanistan in August.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned in an announcement that the Department of Defense can also be working with the State Department to relocate the households to the US.

The matter of condolence funds got here up in a gathering Thursday between Dr. Colin Kahl, beneath secretary of protection for coverage, and Dr. Steven Kwon, founder and president of the charity group Nutrition & Education International, employer of assist employee Zemerai Ahmadi, who was amongst these killed in the drone strike.

“Dr. Kahl reiterated Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s commitment to the families, including offering ex gratia condolence payments,” Kirby mentioned.

He didn’t say how a lot cash can be provided.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned the Department of Defense is working with the State Department to relocate the victims’ households to the US.
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On Aug. 29, sooner or later earlier than the ultimate chaotic US evacuation flights from Kabul, a Hellfire missile struck a van pushed by Ahmadi after it had pulled into the household’s compound, killing the help employee and 9 others.

The Pentagon initially mentioned the strike was a profitable, “righteous” mission that had killed terrorists from ISIS-Ok, the native Afghani affiliate of the phobia group, stopping one other suicide bombing on the airport such because the blast that killed 169 Afghan civilians and 13 US service members days earlier on Aug. 26.

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On Aug. 29, sooner or later earlier than the final of US evacuation flights from Kabul, a missile struck a van pushed by Ahmadi — killing the help employee and 9 others.
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Nearly three weeks later, Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., commander of US Central Command, admitted the “tragic mistake,” providing his condolences to the households of these killed in the errant strike.

The Pentagon described Ahmadi’s unintentional killing as a consequence of the frenzied evacuation effort after the Taliban swept into Kabul earlier than President Biden’s Aug. 31 deadline to pull US forces from the nation.

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The Pentagon initially claimed the strike was a profitable mission that killed terrorists from ISIS-Ok.
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Ahmadi had spent 14 years as a technical engineer in Afghanistan for the Pasadena, Calif.-based charity group, which feeds hungry Afghans.

Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr.
Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. admitted the drone strike was a “tragic mistake.”
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In Thursday’s assembly, Kwon mentioned Ahmadi had labored “providing care and lifesaving assistance for people facing high mortality rates in Afghanistan,” in accordance to Kirby.

Grieving relatives have lobbied the US authorities for compensation and assist to go away the nation.

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The Pentagon described Ahmadi’s unintentional killing as a consequence of the frenzied evacuation effort.
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“Whether in America or another country, we want peace and comfort for our remaining years,” Samim Ahmadi — the 24-year-old stepson of Zemerai— told the Washington Post final month. 

“Everyone makes mistakes. The Americans cannot bring back our loved ones, but they can take us out of here.” 

Lloyd Austin
Lloyd Austin’s remarks on the matter had been reiterated by John Kirby in a gathering, recommending Ex gratia condolence funds to the households.
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With Post wires

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