On August 29, a US airstrike in Kabul killed nine civilians, including Zamrai Ahmadi and seven children. For nearly three weeks, US officials insisted the attack was “religious” and that at least one ISIS-K leader was killed.
Amal Ahmadi told Granthshala that while the US acknowledged that his older brother was the victim and not a terrorist, the family found some consolation, they are still struggling to understand what happened.
His daughter Malika, his uncle, seven of his cousins and another child were killed in the attack. She was only two years old.
“They are all innocent, like my beloved daughter… She was very sweet,” said Imal Ahmadi.
He spoke to Granthshala inside the damaged family home, a two-story home in a clean Kabul neighborhood shared by Zamrai Ahmadi with his three brothers and their wives and children. The green metal gate that was pierced with shrapnel three weeks ago is now guarded by the Taliban. Children are playing outside on the streets.
No one has cleaned up or removed the debris still scattered around the campus. The burnt skeleton of a white Toyota Corolla, the target of a drone attack, is still in the middle of the yard, its roof blown off. The family said several children were in the car when the missile hit. His little sandals, scorched and deformed by the heat of the explosion, were lying on top of the rubble.
Upstairs on the kitchen counter, next to the cooking utensil are two potatoes, a knife and the rest of the bright red seasoning prepared. Reminds me of a family dinner that never happened.
Imal Ahmadi said that no US official has reached directly to the family.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III expressed his condolences in a statement released Friday, describing Ahmadi as an “innocent victim” whose activities were “completely harmless”. “We apologize, and we will try to learn from this terrible mistake,” he said.
US Central Command commander General Frank McKenzie said the Pentagon was considering paying compensation to the family and said it was “very difficult” to reach people “on the ground in Afghanistan” but they would try to do so. Therefore.
Asked what they wanted from the US, Imal Ahmadi and his brother Romal, whose three children Ayat, 2, Benjamin, 6 and Armin, 7 were also killed, said, “Justice.”
In a dusty Kabul cemetery, where his children, brother and other family members were buried just weeks ago, Romal Ahmadi told Granthshala he wants the drone operators to be tried for the murders in court.
The family had to borrow money for the funeral, there were so many at one time that they could not pay from their own pockets.
Asked if he could ever forgive America for what happened, Imal Ahmadi said, “Maybe.”
“But how should I [that] I lost my family… no one can bring them back.’
Granthshala’s Anna Koren, Sandy Sindhu and Julia Hollingsworth contributed to this article.
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