[ExI] Pentagon Says Killing 10 Afghan Civilians Was 'Horrible Mistake'

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Sat Sep 18 12:03:37 UTC 2021

US Urged to End Drone Strikes After Pentagon Says Killing 10 Afghan
Civilians Was 'Horrible Mistake'

"That was not a 'mistake,'" said journalist Anand Giridharadas. "War
crimes are not oopsies."



BRETT WILKINS       September 17, 2021

Following a rare Pentagon admission Friday that a remote-controlled
airstrike which killed 10 Afghan civilians in the closing days of the
war in Afghanistan was a "horrible mistake," anti-war and human rights
advocates asserted that "war crimes are not oopsies," while calling on
the U.S. to end drone strikes in the so-called War on Terror.

"Many similar strikes in Syria, Iraq, and Somalia have happened out of
the spotlight, and the U.S. continues to deny responsibility while
devastated families suffer in silence."
—Brian Castner, Amnesty International

Journalists, anti-war activists, and others noted that as many as
48,000 Afghan civilians—and at least around 900,000 men, women, and
children in the broader War on Terror—have been killed by U.S. and
allied bombs and bullets over the past 20 years, while calling for an
end to drone strikes.

Olivia Alperstein, media manager at the Washington, D.C.-based
Institute for Policy Studies, tweeted that the U.S. should "apologize
for all the drone strikes, and put an end to drone warfare once and
for all."

Civilians killed are called 'collateral damage' which is what is bound
to happen when bombs are used outside of a war zone.


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