The Morning Dispatch: U.S. Apologizes for Strike that Killed Afghan Civilians

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Friday an internal Pentagon investigation found that the United States’ supposed retaliatory drone strike in Kabul last month was a “horrible mistake,” one that killed up to 10 innocent people—including seven children—and no ISIS-K members.

  • An external Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted on Friday to endorse COVID-19 vaccine booster shots only for Americans over the age of 65 or who are otherwise at high risk of severe disease. The recommendation is nonbinding—the FDA and CDC will make a final decision in the coming days—but the vote served as a rebuke of the Biden administration’s plan to offer booster shots to most Americans eight months after their second dose.

  • The Department of Homeland Security said over the weekend that it intends to “accelerate the pace” of removal flights expelling thousands of Haitians who arrived at the United States’ southern border last week. More than 12,000 would-be migrants have arrived in Del Rio, Texas, in recent days, overwhelming U.S. Border Patrol’s ability to process them.

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