(*_ ) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated Tuesday that he didn’t know whether a final strike in Afghanistan had killed an aid worker or an Islamic State militant and that an investigation was ongoing.
In the last known hit before US troops ended their 20-year war in Afghanistan, a Reaper drone struck a car in Kabul as the Pentagon said it disrupted a plot by the Islamic State extremist movement for a new attack on the Kabul airport.
But the brother of Ezmarai Ahmadi, a worker for a US-based aid group who was killed, told AFP that 10 family members died. The New York Times video investigation later revealed that Ahmadi had been moving water containers, raising suspicions.
Blinken was asked by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee whether the strike had resulted in the death of an aid worker. He replied, “I don’t know, because we’re reviewing it.” “
Blinken stated that the administration was reviewing the strike and promised a full assessment. While the Pentagon claims it is reviewing civilian casualties, it insists that the strike disrupted an Islamic State plot.
Blinken was responding in kind to Senator Rand Paul. Rand Paul is a rare Republican who long advocated for an end of the war in Afghanistan. He demanded accountability for the strike.
Paul stated that he saw photos of the children who were killed in attack. Paul stated that if this is true, it was not propaganda. “Maybe you’ve created thousands or hundreds of terrorists by bombing the wrong people.” “
The strike came days after an attack claimed by Islamic State killed more than 100 Afghans and 13 US troops outside the Kabul airport, where massive crowds were seeking to flee the victorious Taliban.
More than 71,000 Afghan and Pakistani civilians have died directly from the war launched by the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks, with casualties rising dramatically after then president Donald Trump relaxed rules of engagement in 2017, according to a Brown University study in April.
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