US admits Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians

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The US military has admitted that 10 people, all civilians, were accidentally killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan to thwart a suspected ISIS-K threat.

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“It was a mistake,” a senior US official told reporters about the August 29 drone strike.

Military leaders initially defended the strike. America praised The attack, the final drone strike of the 20-year US war in Afghanistan, aimed to “eliminate the imminent ISIS-threat” at Kabul airport, saying it did not show any obvious civilian deaths in residential neighborhoods. hit with a missile. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, later described the strike as “righteous”.


However, upon further investigation, it turned out that both the information prior to the strike and the official version of the events that took place initially were incorrect.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed,” said US Central Command’s Kenneth McKenzie.

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The military initially believed that the driver of the Toyota saloon was attacked by a Hellfire missile, as he had a brief, spontaneous conversation outside what is believed to be an Isis safehouse in Kabul, and loaded something behind. His trunk, which is believed to be explosive.

The driver, whose identity was unknown as the drone pilot, pulled the trigger, according to the new York Times, was actually Zamari Ahmadi, who worked for an American aid group providing food and educational aid to refugees. His trunk was almost certainly filled with bottles of water.

Another victim was Ahmed Nasser, who had come to Kabul to escape the Taliban after serving as a guard at US Army Camp Lawton in Herat. Seeing the risk of retaliation against him for aiding the Americans, he applied for a US special immigrant visa to leave the country.

US officials also claimed that secondary explosions following the attack strengthened the case that they had killed a terrorist, although they now believe the explosions may have been from a domestic gas or propane tank.

The strike, one of the last major military actions in the country as US forces hastily pulled out of Afghanistan, was hardly unique. The US has been widely criticized for using so-called “signature attacks”, where individuals are targeted not because their identities and intentions are known based on solid intelligence, but because they pose a potential threat to the US military. fit into a pattern of danger.

Such attacks, as well as the massive US war effort in the Middle East since 9/11, have killed more than 363,000 civilians since 2001. Granthshala An analysis of the last 20 years of the “War on Terror”.

Pulitzer Prize-winning national security said, “It is an expression of the project of elite impunity that has always run through this entire enterprise and is an expression of American exceptionalism, whereby the people killed by America are by no means real human beings.” Just like Americans are.” Reporter Spencer Ackerman, author of reign of terror, Recent History of the War on Terror.


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