Following the August terror strike in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed 13 American service members, President Joe Biden vowed to hunt down and eliminate those responsible for the carnage near the Hamid Karzai International Airport.
However, recent reporting from the New York Times reveals that instead of taking out an ISIS-K operative, a retaliatory drone strike launched by the administration in fact killed an innocent U.S. aid group worker and several members of his family in what many would characterize as a war crime.
The account offered by the Times is in significant conflict with the Biden administration’s after-the-fact description of what occurred, which included Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley’s assertion that the mission was a “righteous strike” in which procedures were “correctly followed” and an imminent ISIS-K threat was neutralized, as the New York Post noted.
The outlet indicates that rather than the terror suspects the U.S. government claimed perished in the targeted attack, the names of whom were never revealed, the strike likely resulted in the deaths of a man with no connection to ISIS-K, but who was simply transporting cans of water back to his family, several members of which also perished during the events in question, according to Fox News.
This dramatically different account of what occurred was, according to the Times, based on a detailed review of video footage taken near the scene as well as interviews with no fewer than 12 of the deceased man’s friends and family members.
Identified by the outlet as Zemari Ahmadi, the man at whom the drone strike was directed was in reality “a longtime worker for a U.S. aid group,” and an evidence review revealed that “his travels that day actually involved transporting colleagues to and from work.”
The Times report further noted that video analysis showed that movements that the U.S. military likely observed and wrongly attributed to nefarious preparations in advance of a terror attack was just Mr. Ahmadi and an associate loading canisters of water into his vehicle’s trunk to be transported back to his home.
Though the Biden administration eventually stated that three civilians were also slain in the drone strike, the Times puts the tally at 10 dead – with seven of those being children – including three of Ahmadi’s own kids, a cousin, three of Ahmadi’s nephews, and a pair of three-year-old girls, all of whom ran outside to greet him as he returned with the water cans.
It not hard to understand why Biden was so desperate to claim some kind of victory amid his tragically botched troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, but the killing of 10 innocent individuals on the ground and the subsequent misrepresentation to the American public about what occurred are both things for which he and his advisors must be forced to answer.