A new report from The New York Times claims a U.S. airstrike in Kabul meant to target ISIS-K terrorists may have killed nearly a dozen civilians, including children.
According to Breitbart, the development, if true, could mean the strike constituted “a violation of international law governing such targeted killings in wartime — in other words, a war crime.”
Children reportedly killed
The Times‘ report, published Friday, said that an investigation by the paper found as many as 10 civilians were killed in Biden administration’s airstrike, including seven children.
Previously, White House officials had claimed that the strike, which was said to have targeted a vehicle housing explosives, was successful, and may have resulted in the deaths of three civilians. The Biden administration offered as proof what it claimed to be secondary explosions, after the drone strike, that they said demonstrated that there were bombs in the car.
But the Times said it wasn’t explosives, but rather, canisters of water were loaded in the car. The Times identified the driver as “a longtime worker for a U.S. aid group,” who, on the day of the drone strike, was “involved transporting colleagues to and from work.”
Among the seven children killed by Biden’s airstrike, according to the Times, were the driver’s own children, who had gone to the car to greet him as he returned home.
The Biden administration has yet to contradict or even to respond to the Times‘ report. The Times said that it based its claims on conversations with more than 12 of the driver’s friends and a review of video evidence.
Biden, a war criminal?
As Breitbart reports, if the Times’ latest account of the strike is true, then Biden and others in his administration may have some explaining to do.
“International law permits the use of such targeted killings, under restricted circumstances,” Breitbart explained. “The target must be an enemy combatant; the target generally must pose an imminent or ongoing threat; and, the attack must minimize the risk to non-combatants.”
Under Biden’s current narrative, he would have met these conditions. But if you go by the Times‘ reporting, things are less clear.
Breitbart notes that “mistaken identity, by itself, is not proof that international law has been violated. However,” the outlet said, “if there is no genuine attempt to identify the target, such a killing may violate international law.”
Only time will tell how the White House responds to the developments. But one can bet they’ll do their best to sweep this catastrophe, like so many others that have already plagued Biden’s presidency, under the rug.