Last US air strike in Afghanistan: The hidden truth?

The Pentagon announced it had foiled a suicide bombing plot through a drone strike in Afghanistan on August 29. The target was a vehicle belonging to the group ISIS-K – the Islamic State (IS) affiliate operating in Afghanistan – in a residential area of ​​the capital Kabul.

However, local residents said the strike “killed 10 civilians”, including a 43-year-old named Ezmarai Ahmadi. The New York Times analyzed security camera footage showing that the US military may have seen Ahmadi and his colleagues – at the time “carrying buckets of water to the family” but suspected explosives.

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The car of the suicide bomber was hit by a US drone strike. Photo: AP

Colleagues traveling with Ahmadi later confirmed that they were only carrying water and had two laptops in the car. These people were released from the car before Ahmadi drove home and escaped death. At 16:50 on August 29, Ahmadi’s car was hit by a Hellfire missile. Before that, the boss called Ahmadi at 8:45, asking to bring the laptop back to him.

Mr. Ahmadi is an electrical engineer, working in relief work for an organization based in the state of California – USA since 2006. He is one of thousands of Afghans who have applied for resettlement in the US, according to his family. this person.

While US officials claimed that “a larger explosion was heard after the strike, indicating explosives were in the vehicle”, The New York Times reported that there was no evidence of a second explosion but only a second explosion. there is a dent on a gate nearby.

Washington acknowledged the strike killed at least three civilians but also claimed it thwarted an ISIS-K suicide bombing plot. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said US Central Command would “continue to evaluate” the strike, adding that preventing civilian casualties would be difficult.

Pham Nghia

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