In the aftermath of the ISIS terror attack that killed thirteen U.S. service members, the Biden Administration boasted that it had killed the terrorist planner responsible for that attack. Immediately there was doubt in the media and intelligence community about the accuracy of the White House’s comments on the strike as reports from the ground suggested innocent civilians were killed instead.
Army Maj. Gen. William D. “Hank” Taylor confirmed on August 28th, that the drone strike in Kabul had been a successful mission. Instead, it was just as unsuccessful as Biden’s entire Afghanistan withdrawal process. As a parting gift, the Biden administration killed the final 10 Afghan citizens of the twenty-year war just days before their final evacuation.
Americans instead were told two “high profile” ISIS-K planners were dead.
“The situation on the ground continues to be extremely dangerous, and the threat of terrorist attacks on the airport remains high,” Biden said before the attack. “Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours. I directed them to take every possible measure to prioritize force protection.”
“The fact that two of these individuals are no longer walking on the face of the earth, that’s a good thing,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said after the strike was announced to the American public.
When asked about the morality of the drone strike, White Hosue Press Secretary Psaki balked at the notion.
“Well, if anybody wants to convey they don’t think that we should kill ISIS-K terrorists and kill the people who killed 13 members of our military, then the President is happy to have that debate,” she said.
Today, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin confirmed the strike was a failed operation.
The investigation concluded that the strike — conducted to prevent what was believed to be an imminent threat to Hamid Karzai International Airport — resulted in the deaths of as many as 10 people, including up to seven children.
“On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, I offer my deepest condolences to surviving family members of those who were killed, including Mr. Ahmadi, and to the staff of Nutrition and Education International, Mr. Ahmadi’s employer,” Austin said. “We now know that there was no connection between Mr. Ahmadi and ISIS-Khorasan, that his activities on that day were completely harmless and not at all related to the imminent threat we believed we faced, and that Mr. Ahmadi was just as innocent a victim as were the others tragically killed.”
“We apologize, and we will endeavor to learn from this horrible mistake,” Austin said. “To that end, I have directed a thorough review of the investigation just completed by U.S. Central Command. I have asked for this review to consider the degree to which the investigation considered all available context and information, the degree to which accountability measures need be taken and at what level, and the degree to which strike authorities, procedures and processes need to be altered in the future. “
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