You know that drone strike that President Joe Biden launched in retaliation for the terrorist bombing that killed 13 American service members in Afghanistan? It turns out that it may not have been all that Biden claimed it to be.
In a new report, the New York Times calls into question Biden’s account of the drone strike, suggesting that among those killed may have been a number of innocent Afghanis including children.
Before getting to the Times’s report, let’s just briefly recall the drone strike. Biden’s account of the drone strike was that it took out ISIS terrorists who were driving towards U.S. troops with a bomb. Among those killed was said to be an ISIS-K “planner,” who was involved in the Kabul Airport bombing and was planning future attacks.
“U.S. military forces conducted an over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation today against an ISIS-K planner,” U.S. Central Command Spokesman Captain Bill Urban said. “The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties.”
This was later updated to three civilian casualties.
The Times, however, has called the Biden administration’s account of the drone strike into question. It has done so after interviewing over a dozen of the friends of the driver of the car that was bombed. It also reviewed video evidence.
“Times reporting has identified the driver as Zemari Ahmadi, a longtime worker for a U.S. aid group,” the outlet reports.
“The evidence suggests that his travels that day actually involved transporting colleagues to and from work,” the Times continues. “And an 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.”
Not only that, but the Times says that the actual number of civilians killed in the strike was 10, not 3, and that 7 of them were children. This included, according to the Times, children from Ahmadi’s family who had run to his car to greet him when he got home, which was just before the drone strike.
And, remember how the Biden administration claimed that a secondary explosion proved that the car was filled with explosives? The Times reports: “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.”
The Biden administration has yet to respond to the Times’s report.
Fox News, however, reports: “Two well-placed U.S. military sources tell Fox News that the U.S. Central Command remains confident that the strike was based on accurate intelligence that showed the person in the car had bad intent, and that an investigation is underway into how many civilians were killed.”