September 29, 2022

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The Pentagon has classified videos documenting the attack that killed 10 civilians in Kabul

Screenshot of the US attack on Kabul on August 29, 2021: US Department of Defense / AB

From journalists The New York Times Excerpts from records of two US MQ-9 Reaper drones documenting the August 29 attack on the Afghan capital were released on Wednesday. It killed 10 civilians, most of them minors.

One of the videos is very dim, but the other is of excellent quality, Many of the people targeted by the US military are clearly visible on the streets of Kabul. Despite the distance, the record even shows children moving near the patio in the moments before the attack.

The Pentagon has shared these videos at the request of journalists under the Freedom of Information Act The New York Times Against the federal command of the United States.

A relative of the deceased told the media that the “parallel damage” of the bombing in Kabul included 10 members of a family, including seven children.

Initially, the U.S. military said its attack was aimed at a car bomb by ISIS-K, a local branch of the Islamic State militant group, and caused powerful explosions as there were numerous explosives inside the vehicle.

At the time, the Federal Command considered that their decision posed an “immediate” threat to the airport in the Afghan capital.

However, instead of killing the suspected car bomb driver, the U.S. military killed an Afghan humanitarian worker who was collaborating with an American volunteer organization.

Zemari Ahmadi is a 43-year-old electrical engineer who has been with the organization since 2006. International Institute of Nutrition and Education (NEI), Dedicated to the fight against malnutrition in Afghanistan. Ahmadi had applied for resettlement in the United States.

More than two weeks after the attack, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken testified in the Senate that Washington could not answer whether it had killed an aide or a terrorist. “We can’t hold an investigation after killing people. We’m starting an investigation before we kill people, “said Rand Paul, a Republican senator from Kentucky.

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(With information RT Español)