No disciplinary action for Kabul airstrike that killed 10 civilians
Why it matters: U.S. officials had initially claimed the strike successfully "disrupted an imminent ISIS-K threat" but an investigation later found that it killed an aid worker along with nine members of his family.
- An independent Pentagon review did not find evidence of criminal negligence or violation of law.
- The botched operation was the result of "execution errors combined with confirmation bias and communication breakdowns," Lt. Gen. Sami Said, the inspector general of the Air Force, said in November.
- Austin endorsed no disciplinary action based on recommendations from the generals who lead U.S. Central Command and Special Operations Command, according to AP.
Worth noting: Said did issue recommendations to bolster procedures for mitigating the risk of confirmation bias and review pre-strike procedures used to assess the presence of civilians.