Pentagon releases first video of botched airstrike

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The Pentagon has declassified and publicly released video footage of a U.S. drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians in the final hours of a chaotic American withdrawal that ended a 20-year war in Afghanistan.

The New York Times obtained the footage through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. It marks the first release of video footage of the August 29 strike, which the Pentagon initially defended but later called a tragic mistake.

The videos include about 25 minutes of drone footage showing the scene of the strike before, during and after a missile struck a civilian car on a residential street. Indistinct images show individuals moving in or near the attack zone.

The military said it struck what it thought was an ISIS-associated extremist, who might imminently detonate a bomb near Kabul airport where a hurried evacuation was still under way.

Three days earlier, a suicide bombing at the airport killed 13 U.S. troops and more than 160 Afghans. When it later acknowledged its error, Central Command said that the man driving the car had nothing to do with ISIS. The man was Zemari Ahmadi, who worked for Nutrition and Education International, a U.S.-based aid organization.

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