- Three sources said the immediate warning came shortly after the Army launched the Hellfire missile and just seconds before it.
- This intelligence gap may have killed 10 innocent civilians
- Amal Ahmadi, whose three-year-old daughter Malika was killed in a Hellfire missile attack on August 29, said an apology from the US was “not enough”.
- Unhappy father demanded from America, ‘Find the person who did this’, ‘I want him to be punished’
- The Pentagon acknowledged on Friday that the person targeted in the attack was not a member of ISIS-K, as previously thought, but an aid worker
- The head of US Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, said the US had made a “tragic mistake” and offered its “sincere apology” to the victims.
- Strike targets longtime worker for US aid group Jemari Ahmadi
- He was killed along with seven children and two adult family members
The CIA had issued a warning that children could be at the site of a failed US drone strike in Kabul, seconds before the missile hit the car, which killed 10 innocent civilians, according to a bombing report.
three sources told CNN An immediate warning that civilians are likely to be in the area and children may be inside the target vehicle came just moments late – moments after and seconds before the military launched the Hellfire missile toward the target.
It is not clear whether the military informed the CIA that it was firing the missile before pulling the trigger.
An intelligence lapse may have been at least partly responsible for the deaths of seven children and three adult victims killed on August 29, which the US military eventually admitted was a ‘tragic mistake’.
The latest report of possible wrongdoing by US officials comes after the grieving father of a victim demanded the US ‘find the person who did this’, saying ‘I want to punish him’.
Amal Ahmadi, whose three-year-old daughter Malika and nine other family members were killed in a Hellfire missile attack on August 29, told the Associated Press on Saturday that an apology was “not enough.”
‘It is not enough for us to say sorry. America should find someone who did this.
The grieving father of one of the innocent victims demanded that the US ‘find the person who did this’, saying ‘I want to punish him’. Imal Ahmadi (left) and his daughter Malika (right)
A damaged vehicle at the site of a US airstrike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians, including seven children
Emel spoke after the Pentagon acknowledged Friday that the man targeted in the attack was not an ISIS-K operative, as previously thought, but an aid worker.
The US Central Command chief, General Frank McKenzie, said at a press conference that the US strike in ‘serious confidence’ was to prevent an imminent threat to Americans and Afghans evacuating Kabul airport during US withdrawal from the country. Had been.
But, the Pentagon made a “tragic mistake” and offered its “sincere apology” to the victims.
The strike targeted Zamari Ahmadi, a longtime worker for an American aid group, as he arrived at his family’s home, killing them, killing them. Children, Jamir, 20, Faisal, 16, and Farzad, 10; Ahmadi’s cousin Nasser, 30; Ahmadi had three nephews, Arwin, seven, Benjamin, six, and Hayat, two; and two three-year-old girls, Malika and Somaya.
Ahmadi’s younger brother, Imal, said he had heard about America’s apology from American friends.
He said he was relieved that the US had finally recognized that his family was the innocent victim – and not linked to ISIS-K – but expressed disappointment that the family had to make at least one call from the US. It took weeks to make the request.
Emal demanded a US probe into who fired the deadly missile and punished the military personnel responsible as he said ‘sorry’ would not bring his family back.
‘I want him to be punished by the USA,’ he said of the man responsible for their deaths.
Emal also questioned how the family home could be mistaken for an Islamic State hideout, especially given the US’s drone capabilities.
‘America can watch from everywhere,’ he said.
‘They could see that there were innocent children near the car and in the car. Whoever did this should be punished. This is not correct.’
Ten innocent civilians – all members of the same family – were killed in the August 29 US drone strike
Emal said he also expected financial compensation from the US for the killings of his family and demanded that they be transferred to another country.
‘I want the USA to compensate for us and transfer us to a safer country like a foreign country,’ he said, adding that his brother was the main breadwinner of the family and took care of his three brothers, Amal and their children. used to take care
Amal said, ‘Now I am the one who is responsible for my whole family and I am unemployed.
The grieving father said life was “not good” under the Taliban and that he had more “problems” to deal with.
Mackenzie, the head of US Central Command, said on Friday that the US was considering paying compensation to the families of the victims.
He said, as commander, he takes responsibility for the strike and added that an internal investigation is still on to see who should be held responsible.
“It is unlikely that the vehicle and those killed were linked to ISIS-K or a direct threat to the US military,” McKenzie told reporters.
McKenzie said, ‘It was a mistake and I sincerely apologize.
Ahmadi was pulling out jugs of water from his car to bring his family home when the army dropped a Hellfire missile at him. above results
McKenzie said Ahmadi’s activities matched US intelligence about the terrorist group’s plans to attack Kabul airport.
In particular, he had the wisdom that ISIS-K would use a Toyota Corolla – the same make of a vehicle driven by Ahmadi.
“One of the most recurring aspects of intelligence was that ISIS-K would use a white Toyota Corolla as a key element in its next attack,” McKenzie said.
‘It is further my assessment that at the time of the strike the strike team was convinced that the area was free of civilians and that they had taken prudent steps in weaponizing the strike to minimize civilian casualties.’
A drone had spotted people loading explosives into Ahmadi’s white 1996 Toyota Corolla as they were being monitored for eight hours that day, he said.
The containers actually became jugs of water.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a statement saying the victims posed no threat and that Ahmadi’s actions that day were “completely harmless”.
‘We now know that there was no connection between Mr. Ahmadi and ISIS-Khorasan, that his activities that day were completely harmless and not at all related to the imminent threat facing us, and that Mr. Ahmadi was equally The innocent were one victim as the others were tragically killed,’ he said.
General Frank McKenzie, the head of US Central Command, said: “It was a mistake and I sincerely apologize.”
The Pentagon insisted for weeks that at least one ISIS-K facilitator had been killed along with three civilians and that it was still necessary to protect US troops evacuating Afghanistan.
The surprising admission came only after a New York Times investigation found that the vehicle actually belonged to a US aid worker who was killed along with nine fictitious members.
The family had worked for the Americans and, fearing for their lives under the Taliban, were trying to obtain a visa to the US.
Ahmadi was loading jugs of water in his car to bring his family home.
According to family members, as he came on his way home, which he shared with his family and the families of his three brothers, many of his children and the children of his brothers rushed to greet him.
At that time, the Hellfire missile was launched onto the vehicle.
The strike triggered a major secondary detonation, which officials originally claimed was evidence that the car was in fact carrying explosives.
An investigation has since determined that the second explosion was probably a propane tank located in the driveway.
A drone strike followed a devastating suicide bombing by the Islamic State group – the Taliban’s rival – at a gate of Kabul airport that killed 169 Afghan and 13 US military personnel.
Fearing their future under the Taliban, desperate Afghans had piled up checkpoints outside the airport, trying to leave the country amid the withdrawal of chaotic American and NATO troops.
Ahmadi family pray in cemetery next to family graves of family members who were killed