US admits killing of 10 civilians including 7 children in drone strike

The US has admitted that 10 civilians were killed in a drone strike in Kabul a few days before its army left Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: The US has admitted that 10 civilians were killed in a drone strike in Kabul a few days before its army left Afghanistan.

A US Central Command investigation has found that an aid worker and nine family members, including seven children, were killed in an airstrike on August 29, 2021.

The youngest child in this was Sumaya, who was only two years old.

A terrorist attack took place at Kabul airport after the Taliban’s rapid occupation of Afghanistan, a few days later this airstrike was carried out.
This was America’s last military activity in Afghanistan after ending its 20-year long campaign.

US Central Command General Kenneth Mackenzie said US intelligence had tracked the relief worker’s car for eight hours. It was believed to be related to an IS-K extremist. It is the local branch of the Islamic State group.

The investigation found that the man’s car was seen in an IS-K-linked compound and that his movements were matched with information received from the intelligence department.

At one point, surveillance drones spotted men placing something in a car that was thought to be explosive but was actually a container of water.

General Mackenzie called the attack a “tragic mistake” and said the Taliban was not involved in intelligence that had come to light about the attack.

The attack took place when relief workers were on the road to their home, three kilometers from Zamayri Akmadi Airport.

A second explosion occurred during the airstrike, based on what US officials initially said was evidence that showed the car contained explosives. However, investigation found that it was caused by a propane tank parked on the highway.

Barbara Plate Usher, BBC correspondent at the US State Department, says the US military’s miscalculations have resulted in dire consequences, which raised questions about the accuracy of future counter-terrorist operations in the US in the absence of ground in Afghanistan.

“But more than that it has exposed the devastation of the human price to be paid for a war that had been fought by air for many years.”
“It has left a dark mark on America’s exit after 20 years of occupation.”
“But in many areas it is a stark example of the dangers of war, especially with drones.”

Relatives of the victims told the BBC that they had applied to fly to the US a day after the airstrike and were waiting for phone calls to go to the airport.

Among those killed was Ahmed Nasir, who worked as a translator for US security forces. Other victims had also worked for international organizations, they had visas to go to the US.

When the US began withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban took control of the country within two weeks.

On 15 August, President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and fled to the UAE after the Taliban captured Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

After this, a crowd of thousands of people had gathered at Kabul Airport to go to America and its allies. Most of them were foreign nationals or Afghans who worked for foreign governments.

There was chaos at Kabul airport and some people even died after falling while trying to board a US military plane.

On August 26, a suicide bombing took place outside Kabul airport in which 170 civilians and 13 American soldiers were killed. IS-K claimed that it had carried out the attack.

Most of those killed had gathered at the airport in the hope of leaving the country. US President Joe Biden had set August 31 as the last date for US forces to leave Afghanistan, but a day before that US forces left Afghanistan.

Before this deadline, more than 1.24 lakh foreign and Afghan nationals were evacuated from the country. But some people could not be taken out on time, after which efforts are still going on to get them out.