US Determines to Give Compensation to Families of Victims of Drone Attacks in Afghanistan

The U.S. Department of Defense said Friday it was committed to paying condolences to the relatives of 10 people who died in a mistaken American drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that the Department of Defense is also working with the State Department to help surviving family members move to America.

Kirby said the issue came up during Thursday’s meeting between Dr. Colin Kahl, director general of defense policy, and Dr. Steven Kwon, founder and chairman of the non-profit organization Nutrition & Education International.

“Dr Kahl reiterates Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s commitment to the family, which includes providing condolences,” Kirby said. He did not say the amount of money.

On August 29, an American Hellfire missile hit the car driven by Zemerai Ahmadi, who had just entered the parking lot of the Ahmadi family compound. In total, 10 family members, including seven children, were killed in the attack.

A few weeks later, Marine General Frank McKenzie, head of American Central Command, called the attack a “tragic mistake.” He said it turned out to be civilians who died in the attack. [ka/ah]

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