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Pentagon: No Troops Disciplined Over US Airstrike in Afghanistan

U.S. troops involved in the Aug. 29 airstrike of Afghanistan resulting in civilian casualties will not be facing disciplinary action, according to Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby in a Dec. 13 press briefing. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “approved the recommendations” regarding “procedural changes” made by both U.S. Special Operations Command leader Gen. Richard Clarke and U.S. Central Command head Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, according to Kirby. The officials have concluded that there will be no punishment for military service members involved in the airstrike. An independent Pentagon review conducted by Air Force Lt. Gen. Sami Said last month found breakdowns in communication during the process of locating and confirming the target of the bombing. “I found that given the information they had and the analysis that they did—I understand they reached the wrong conclusion, but … was it reasonable to conclude what they concluded based on what they had? It was not unreasonable. It just …

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