America's Apology Will Not Return Innocent Lives, it is a failure of intelligence

Saturday, September 18, 2021

The US admits civilian deaths in Kabul drone strike: Strong reaction on social media

The United States has acknowledged that it killed 10 innocent civilians in a drone strike before its full withdrawal from Afghanistan. An investigation by the US Central Command has revealed that a US drone strike in Kabul on August 29 killed an aid worker and nine members of his family. They included seven children and the youngest, Samia, was just two years old.


A statement from the United States acknowledging the mistake was discussed on social media. The Biden administration has also come under fire for killing innocent civilians in the drone strike. Some believe the United States has long since acknowledged a mistake in a drone strike, while others say it is "insufficient" to simply acknowledge the mistake and apologize.


It may be recalled that the US drone strike was carried out after the horrific terrorist attack on Kabul Airport. A terrorist attack by the Islamic State of Khurasan at Kabul Airport on August 26 killed 170 Afghan civilians and 13 American soldiers.


"This is a failure of American intelligence."

At a time when the United States is not in Afghanistan, the US military's mistake "raises questions about the accuracy of future counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan," according to the BBC's Barbara Platt Usher.


He said it was an example to some people in the region that drones pose a threat to military operations.


Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said that if the media had not carried out investigative reports on the matter, the US military would have justified it, like many drone strikes in which Thousands were killed in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Iraq.


CNN producer Kurt Devon quoted a report by New America as saying that US drone strikes killed 245 to 303 innocent civilians in Pakistan, 124 to 150 in Yemen, 34 to 121 in Somalia, and 637 to 930 in Libya. Happened

However, Michael Kogelman, a US State Department analyst, wrote in a Twitter message: Families of past attacks will not be comforted. Congress member Alhan Omar clarified that "apology is not enough for the death of innocent civilians in a drone strike in Kabul." We must demand accountability for everyone involved. "


He also called for a full inquiry into the US drone program. "Sincere apologies and condolences will not be able to take the lives of these 10 innocent citizens, it is a failure of intelligence," wrote journalist Soodaba.


Consumers in Pakistan also expressed their views on the issue.


Journalist Mehreen Zahra Malik says the victim's family said they would file a lawsuit against the United States and demand compensation.


Reuters news agency correspondent Omar Farooq said the Pentagon accepted weeks later that several agencies had reported. "If the eyes of the world were not on Kabul on this day, it would be forgotten, as has been the case with hundreds of drone strikes in the past," he added.

According to Maura Zehra, the United States has acknowledged the deaths of civilians in the Kabul drone strike. "His blood is on your hands," he told the president.


The United States has called the drone strike in Kabul a "regrettable" mistake


The U.S. drone strike struck as rescue workers arrived at the garage of Zamiri Ahmadi's home, about three kilometers from the airport. A second explosion was heard shortly after the US drone strike. The U.S. military says a car bomb had exploded at the Iraqi police recruiting center at Kisak, west of Mosul.


Among those killed was Ahmed Nasir, a translator for the US military. Other victims had previously worked with international organizations and some had visas to enter the United States. In a statement, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said: "We now know that there was no connection between Zamiri Ahmadi and the Islamic State of Khurasan. His activities that day were not a threat.


"We are sorry and we will try to learn from such a terrible mistake."


According to Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie, US intelligence tracked the aid worker's car for eight hours. He felt that he belonged to the so-called Islamic State of Khurasan.

The investigation revealed that the intelligence received claimed that the car was linked to the Islamic State of Khurasan and that another attack on Kabul Airport was being planned. Intelligence claimed that the drone camera could see a man with explosives in the car, but in reality, it was a container of water.


General Mackenzie called the drone strike a "regrettable mistake" and said the Taliban were not part of the intelligence that led to the attack.

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