Blinken admits he doesn’t know if Afghanistan drone strike victim was ISIS-K or not

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Senator Rand Paul questioned Secretary of State Anthony Blinken about a US drone strike in Afghanistan that could have killed an aid worker for the US organization.

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Kentucky Republican’s Question a. came after the new York Times Report Friday that a drone strike at the end of the United States military operation in Afghanistan may have killed a US aid group worker rather than an operative for ISIS-K, a wing of the Islamic State in Afghanistan .

“Was the man the Biden administration droned on was an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?” Mr Paul asked, to which Mr Blinken said the administration was reviewing the attack.

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“I can’t talk to him and I can’t in any event talk to him in this setting,” said Mr. Blinken.

“I don’t know,” Blinken said, adding that the strike is still being reviewed.

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Paul continued, “You’d think you’d know before someone shut you down with a Predator drone.”

Mr. Paul was a frequent critic of the Obama administration’s drone attacks, even objecting for hours to the administration’s then-designate for CIA Director John Brennan.

“The Obama administration droned hundreds and hundreds of people,” he said. “And the thing is, there’s a setback to it.”

The senator said he had seen pictures of children killed in the attack.

“I mean, I don’t know if that’s true, but I see pictures of these beautiful kids who were killed in the attack,” he said. “If it’s true and not propaganda, if it’s true, guess what? You may have created hundreds or thousands of new potential terrorists by bombing the wrong people.”

“We can’t have an investigation after killing people, we have an investigation before we kill people.”

The senator then asked why the United States had not bombed the helicopters and planes it had left behind.

in an interview with Granthshala Over the weekend, the US employer of 43-year-old Jemari Ahmadi attacked the US for her death.

Ahmadi was killed when his vehicle was pulled down by a US military drone in Kabul, a new York Times found in the investigation.

Now serious questions arise after the drone attack many times reported that the target was a technical engineer working for a California-based aid group and found evidence that he was not an ISIS-K terrorist as suggested by US officials. In Kabul, Mr Ahmadi’s relatives said nine others, including seven children, were killed in the attack.

After the strike, US officials said the driver of the vehicle posed a threat to US forces at Kabul airport when he was seen loading explosives into his car, and then into an alleged Isis-K safe house in the city. But stopped.

But Dr. Steven Kwon, founder of the California-based, nonprofit Nutrition and Education International (NEI), said the US government is lying, in an email. Granthshala this weekend.

“It is a false allegation that the plotting of an ISIS-K terrorist, rather than our talented, dedicated, long-term employee, has brought disrepute to his honorable name,” Dr Kwon wrote.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Rand Paul

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