Saturday, September 11, 2021

Afghanistan: US media cast doubt on Kabul drone strike - BBC News

One of the final deadly strikes by the US in its 20-year war in Afghanistan has been challenged by investigations in leading US media.

The New York Times and Washington Post say the strike the US said targeted an Islamic State operative actually killed an aid worker on daily duties in Kabul.

They say their evidence undermines US military reports that explosives in the targeted car caused a secondary blast.

The Pentagon said it still believed it prevented an "imminent threat".

The strike on the vehicle on 29 August by a Hellfire missile fired from a Reaper drone killed 10 members of one family, including six children, relatives told the BBC.

The US military was on high alert as, three days earlier, a suicide bomber had killed more than 100 civilians and 13 US troops outside Kabul airport as civilians and officials were evacuated amid the Taliban's takeover of the capital....BBC



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