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Military Can’t Find ISIS Safe House That Prompted Kabul Drone Strike

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Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III has authorized General Said’s findings and suggestions, the chief Pentagon spokesman, John F. Kirby, stated final week, and has left it as much as the four-star generals main the navy’s Central and Special Operations instructions to determine, most likely within the subsequent few weeks, whether or not anybody must be disciplined or rebuked for the strike.

In describing his investigation, General Said stated final week that surveillance movies confirmed at the least one youngster within the space some two minutes earlier than the navy launched the drone strike. But the final additionally stated that footage would have been simple to overlook in actual time.

In the next interview, General Said supplied extra particulars, saying that 9 seconds earlier than navy operators fired the missile, surveillance video confirmed the presence of 4 adults and two kids — the most important variety of folks captured on video earlier than the strike. According to General Said, that group of individuals — along with Mr. Ahmadi and his cousin, whom analysts clearly noticed earlier than launching the strike — would have additionally been simple to overlook.

Separately, three U.S. officers stated on Monday that the C.I.A. had alerted the navy to the presence of a kid on the strike web site on Aug. 29 however that navy officers stated the warning got here too late — after the missile was launched.

General Said and different prime navy officers, together with Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the pinnacle of the Central Command, have sought to place the drone strike into the context of the second, with American officers at a heightened state of alert after a suicide bombing on the Kabul airport three days earlier killed about 170 civilians and 13 U.S. troops.

The navy’s first mistake was incorrectly figuring out a household house as an Islamic State protected home. “In the 48 hours prior to the strike, sensitive intelligence indicated that the compound at point No. 1 on the map was being used by ISIS-K planners, used to facilitate future attacks,” General McKenzie advised reporters at his Sept. 17 briefing, referring to an Islamic State affiliate.

Another recurring facet of the intelligence, General McKenzie stated, was that ISIS would use a white Toyota Corolla as a key aspect within the subsequent assault towards American troops on the airport.