Kabul Drone Strike a Horrid Example of Why ‘Over the Horizon’ Drone Acts of War Will Not End Terrorism
Sept. 11, 2021 (EIRNS)—The New York Times published yesterday the results of its investigation into the second drone attack carried out by the U.S. military following the ISIS-K suicide attack against the Kabul airport, this one against a “target” believed to be preparing another ISIS-K attack. Unlike most New York Times reporting, this one, backed up by video footage and photographs, is credible.
Zemari Ahmadi, the driver of the car bombed in a densely residential area in Kabul that day by a Reaper drone, was found to be an electrical engineer working for a U.S.-based aid group, Nutrition and Education International. He was involved in distributing aid to people in Kabul, and the “explosives” the drone operators believed he had loaded into his car that day were two laptops for his job and several large bottles of water, because water deliveries to his neighborhood had been cut off.
His car was bombed when it pulled into the courtyard to his home, where he lived with three brothers and their families. Various children and other kin had gone out to greet him when the drone hit. According to the New York Times’ investigation, of the ten members of Ahmadi’s family blown up in the strike, seven were children: Faisal, 16; Farzad, 10; Arwin 7; Benyamin, 6; Hayat, 2; and two 3-year old girls, Malika and Somaya. Zemari and his brother Romal, cousin Naser, and Zemari’s 20 year old son, Zamir. The description of the remains found is horrible.
In the view of experts whom the New York Times had examine the photos and videos taken as part of the investigation, the evidence confirmed a missile strike and subsequent vehicle fire, but no indications of the secondary explosion which U.S. military officers have said was evidence that the car had contained explosives.