The strikes are more extensive and deadly than those launched since last October, when the Israeli-Gaza war began and pro-Iranian groups started an uptick of attacks.
A group believed to be linked to Iran fired a drone that killed one U.S. contractor and injured six others, the Pentagon said. The U.S. retaliated, and also faced a second attack on Friday.
The U.S. targeted the top al-Qaida leader, showing it could track down and strike against a hard-to-find extremist figure even in a country where the U.S. has no military or diplomatic presence.
Defense Secretary Austin approved recommendations aimed at preventing similar future tragedies. But the troops involved in the strike that killed 10 people, including 7 children, are off the hook.
The Aug. 29 U.S. drone strike was supposed to target ISIS-K members, but the attack killed 10 Afghan civilians. Now those victims' families will get unspecified condolence payments.
Investigations from The New York Times and The Washington Post call into question a recent U.S. military drone strike against an alleged ISIS-K sympathizer.