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Chairman Schiff on Department of Defense Report on Afghanistan Airstrike

“The operating environment in Kabul at the time of the August 29 strike was one of tremendous danger and risk, and I am mindful of that fact. However, I remain unconvinced that the Department of Defense summary of the classified investigation into the circumstances of the strike, which killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, provides for real accountability. From what the Intelligence Committee has learned of this strike and the events leading up to it, as well as statements made in its immediate wake, I have serious concerns that are unaddressed by what has been put forward publicly. The Committee has not yet received the classified report, which should be provided immediately to Congress, and I will withhold judgment until we are able to review that document. I anticipate the Committee will have additional questions about this horrible tragedy, the intelligence which led to it, and how the protocols and procedures in high pressure, complex environments will be improved.”