No punishment for military personnel involved in deadly August 29 drone strike in Afghanistan: Pentagon

No punishment for military personnel involved in deadly August 29 drone strike in Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US military has announced that it will not hold any of its personnel accountable for a deadly August drone strike that killed 10 civilians, including seven children, in Afghanistan.

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby told reporters on Monday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved the recommendations from US Central Command head General Kenneth McKenzie and US Special Operations Command leader General Richard Clarke who had called for not taking any administrative action against those involved in the August 29 strike.

Kirby said that when McKenzie and Clarke listed their recommendations to Austin “there was no recommendation by either of them about accountability.”

“The recommendations were more about procedure and process and the secretary reviewed them and has accepted them,” Kirby told reporters. “And again, most of them are of a classified nature. … but there was no overt recommendation made by either specific to accountability and any punishment for…

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