According to new reports, the drone strike that the Pentagon widely claimed killed an ISIS-K suicide bomber on his way to the airport in Kabul actually targeted an aid worker who had filled his car with water jugs – not explosives.
Zemari Ahmadi (43) was driving the 1996 Toyota Corolla that was destroyed in the drone strike on 29 August, which killed him and nine family members, including seven children who had ran to greet him.
The Pentagon still maintains that only three civilians died, despite the family now detailing in the new report how their 10 relatives were killed in the blast.
Days after the drone strike, Joe Biden gave a speech in which he marked the withdrawal of US troops by the 31 August deadline and touted America’s ability to strike terrorists and targets without soldiers on the ground. He however failed to mention the high civilian casualty rate from the 29 August drone strike or the fact that children were killed.
‘We struck ISIS-K remotely, days after they murdered 13 of our service members and dozen of innocent Afghans. And to ISIS-K, we are not done with you yet,’ he said in his speech.
Ahmadi worked for the US-based aid group, Nutrition and Education International, and had spent the day running errands for the group, loading nothing into the car other than water bottles for his family.
The Pentagon however, insist that Ahmadi was linked to an ISIS-K safehouse and that there were explosives in his car that was to be used in a suicide attack.
‘This was a righteous strike,’ said Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark A. Milley last week, claiming that Ahmadi was an ‘ISIS facilitator’.
‘Additionally, as Chairman Milley said, the strike was based on good intelligence, and we still believe that it prevented an imminent threat to the airport and to our men and women that were still serving at the airport,’ a Pentagon spokesman said.
However, several military intelligence officers had confirmed that they did not know the identity of the driver and that the strike was ordered due to the driver’s movements.
Sources: Daily Mail, World Socialist Web Site
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