Pentagon defends drone strike in Kabul that reportedly killed civilians

Pentagon defends drone strike in Kabul that reportedly killed civilians


The Pentagon defended a deadly August drone strike in Kabul on Monday – despite a report that the attack actually killed an innocent man and his family.

The second of a pair of drone airstrikes in the waning days of the Afghanistan war is now being investigated by Central Command, but details are scarce and there remains a question of how much information will be shared once the probe is completed.

“I would say that the assessment by Central Command is ongoing and I’m not gonna get ahead of that,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said during a news briefing on Monday. “The strike was taken to prevent an imminent attack on the airport.”

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that he did not want to “get ahead” of Central Command’s investigation into the drone strike.AP Photo/Susan Walsh

A reporter pressed Kirby to commit to releasing the results of that assessment, but the press secretary said what can

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