US Gen. McKenzie Admits Kabul Airstrike 'Was a Mistake', Killed Only Afghan Civilians
"Having thoroughly reviewed the findings of the investigation and the supporting analysis by inter-agency partners, I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children, were tragically killed in that strike," the US general added.
"Moreover, we now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K [Daesh] or were a direct threat to US forces," he added. "I offer my profound condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed ... It was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology."
Bill Urban, a CENTCOM spokesperson, claimed at the time that the airstrike caused "significant secondary explosions" by setting off the car bomb, and that the strike had killed multiple Daesh fighters and no civilians. However, it soon became clear that at least 10 civilians had been killed, including seven children.