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US vows to pay relatives of Afghans killed in Kabul drone strike


Washington has offered an undisclosed compensation payment for the family members of civilians who were killed in a US drone strike in Kabul in August.
The Pentagon on Friday offered condolence payments for the family members of civilians killed during a botched US drone strike in August.
The US had admitted that the attack killed as many as 10 civilians, including seven children.
The strike was meant to target operatives of the so-called “Islamic State” terror outfit believed to have been preparing attacks on the Kabul airport.
The exact amount offered has not been disclosed to the public. The US Defense Department said it was working with the US State Department to see if it could also support the relatives who were interested in moving to the United States.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said the matter came up in a virtual meeting between Colin Kahl, the US undersecretary of defense for policy, and Steven Kwon, the founder and president of the nonprofit group Nutrition & Education International (NEI).
Kwon had employed Zemari Ahmadi, who was killed after he was wrongly identified as an IS militant by US intelligence.
Kwon told Kahl that Ahmadi had provided “care and lifesaving assistance for people facing high mortality rates in Afghanistan,” according to Kirby.
“Dr. Kahl noted that the strike was a tragic mistake” and that Ahmadi and others who were killed “were innocent victims who bore no blame and were not affiliated with ISIS-K or threats to US forces,” Kirby said in a statement, using another name for the ISIS militant group.

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