Relatives Of Afghan Family Killed In US Strike Want Face-to-face Apology
Relatives of the victims of a US drone strike that wiped out 10 members of an Afghan family in a "tragic mistake" demanded a face-to-face apology and compensation on Saturday
Kabul, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Sep, 2021 ) :Relatives of the victims of a US drone strike that wiped out 10 members of an Afghan family in a "tragic mistake" demanded a face-to-face apology and compensation on Saturday.
Ezmarai Ahmadi was wrongly identified as an Islamic State militant by US intelligence, which tracked his white Toyota for eight hours on August 29 before targeting the car with a missile, killing seven children and three adults.
However, Ahmadi's 22-year-old nephew, Farshad Haidari, said that was not enough.
"They must come here and apologise to us face-to-face," he told AFP in a bombed-out, modest house in Kwaja Burga, a densely populated neighbourhood in the northwest of the Afghan capital.
Haidari added that he wanted officials to "capture and prosecute" those responsible for firing the missile.
"Most of them had worked with Americans," Haidari said. "Naser had worked with Americans for about 10 years. My uncle had also worked with international organisations." At the time of his death Ahmadi was working for a US aid group.
- 'Intelligence was wrong' - On the night of the strike, Ahmadi pulled his car into his driveway before youngsters piled into the vehicle -- pretending the parking routine was an adventure -- while he watched from the side.
A missile then came screeching down onto the car -- obliterating the lives of 10 people in an instant.
Broken glass was strewn across the ground and the tiny sandals of the young victims had been placed on the mangled chassis.
US Central Command commander General Kenneth McKenzie said American intelligence had seen the vehicle at a site in Kabul that had been identified as a location from which IS operatives were believed to be preparing attacks on the Kabul airport.
"We selected this car based on its movement at a known target area of interest to us," McKenzie said.
"Clearly our intelligence was wrong on this particular white Toyota," he said.
- 'America must compensate' - Defense secretary Austin said Ahmadi's activities that day were "completely harmless", and that the man was "just as innocent a victim as were the others tragically killed".
"We now know that there was no connection between Mr. Ahmadi and ISIS-Khorasan," said Austin.