DOD IG to investigate failed Afghanistan drone strike

By John Liang / September 23, 2021 at 3:35 PM

The Defense Department inspector general's office announced today it is looking into the Afghanistan drone strike that killed several civilians last month.

"The objective of this evaluation is to determine whether the August 29, 2021, strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, was conducted in accordance with DoD policies and procedures," a Sept. 23 memo states. "Specifically, we will review the pre-strike targeting process; the damage assessment and civilian casualty review and reporting process; and the post-strike reporting of information. We may revise the objective as the evaluation proceeds, and we will consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives."

The errant strike -- which officials originally believed was targeted at a suicide bomber -- killed 10 people in the same family, among them seven children.