The head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blingen, on Tuesday acknowledged that the US’s latest strike in Kabul had thwarted an “immediate threat” to kill the jihadist group Islamic State-Coalition (EI-K) or a humanitarian group.
The New York Times on Friday published an investigation challenging Joe Biden’s government version of the August 29 drone strike, before the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan. NGO employee carrying water cans.
“The person killed by the Biden administration by the drone, was he an aide or an IS-K activist?” Republican Senator Rand Paul asked during a parliamentary hearing on the withdrawal of Afghanistan.
“I do not know, because we are in the process of researching,” Anthony Blinken responded to the strike.
If the Senator U.S. attack had actually killed civilians, including children, “you could have created hundreds or thousands of new terrorists by bombing the wrong targets.”
The family of Esmarai Ahmadi, the driver of the vehicle, told AFP the day after the strike that ten of them had been killed.
Water cans in his car
According to the American daily, images taken from surveillance cameras and interviews were considered suspicious by the U.S. military Esmera Ahmadi on the day of the strike. He also mentions that the trunk of the car was definitely filled with water cans that the man had brought home.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby questioned the New York Times’ revelations on Friday, saying the investigation was ongoing, but that the military continued to believe that the United States had stopped the threat. The evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
The U.S. attack comes just days after an IS suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to Kabul airport, killing nearly 100 Afghans and 13 U.S. servicemen.
At the end of August, after twenty years of war, the US military withdrew from Afghanistan.
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