A new report from The New York Times suggests that children were likely among those killed in a recent drone strike ordered by President Joe Biden’s administration and carried out by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
The strike came after a suicide bombing at the airport in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul killed 13 U.S. service members as they were working to evacuate Americans and Afghans who provided aid to U.S. forces during their two decades in the country.
President Biden has claimed the strike served as both a warning to the terrorists as well as an act of retaliation.
The official narrative from the White House is that the target of the drone strike, carried out Aug. 29, was thought to be connected to ISIS-K, the terror group behind the airport bombing, as the Washington Examiner reports.
According to The New York Times, U.S. officials said they targeted a vehicle that they believed “contained an ISIS bomb and posed an imminent threat to troops at Kabul’s airport.”
Officials said a secondary explosion at the vehicle after the strike confirmed their claims.
They also admitted that as many as three civilians could have been killed.
“What the military may have seen”
But according to the Times, family members of the driver of the car, identified as Zemari Ahmadi, said he wasn’t connected to the terror group, but rather, worked for an aid group based in the United States.
The Times said it spoke with more than a dozen of Ahmadi’s friends and reviewed video evidence that uncovered “that his travels that day actually involved transporting colleagues to and from work.” The Times adds:
[A]n analysis of video feeds showed that what the military may have seen was Mr. Ahmadi and a colleague loading canisters of water into his trunk to bring home to his family.
That’s right: It wasn’t explosives, but water, according to the latest reporting. In fact, the Times said “an examination of the scene of the strike, conducted by the Times visual investigations team and a Times reporter the morning afterward, and followed up with a second visit four days later, found no evidence of a second, more powerful explosion.”
And, there’s more: The Times believes that the actual number of civilians killed in the drone strike was 10, and that seven of those 10 were children — including Ahmadi’s, who ran to the car to greet him just before the strike took place.
The Biden administration has yet to address the latest reports. It appears the White House has some serious explaining to do.