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Pentagon names alleged ‘ISIS-Ok facilitator’ killed in Afghanistan drone strike, after admitting Kabul op killed 10 civilians

Pentagon names alleged ‘ISIS-K facilitator’ killed in Afghanistan drone strike, after admitting Kabul op killed 10 civilians

The Pentagon has recognized an alleged Islamic State member killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan final month, claiming he was behind assaults on American troops after admitting a separate strike in Kabul killed civilians.

An August 27 drone strike within the jap province of Nangarhar killed a “excessive profile… deadly assist facilitator” for the Islamic State’s ‘Khorasan’ cell named Kabir Aidi, CENTCOM spokesman John Rigsbee instructed the Navy Occasions on Thursday, noting the person additionally glided by the alias “Mustafa.”

“Publish-strike reflections point out that Kabir Aidi was instantly related to the ISIS-Ok leaders that coordinated the August 26 assault at [Hamid Karzai International Airport],” the spokesman mentioned, referring to a suicide bombing that killed a minimum of 169 Afghan civilians and 13 American troopers throughout a hasty evacuation effort final month. 

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Aidi was concerned in “assault planning and magnetic IED manufacturing,” in addition to the “distribution of explosives and suicide vests,” Rigsbee went on, including he was “instantly related to risk streams in Kabul all through the non-combatant evacuation on the Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport.” 

The spokesman gave no indication of how the army arrived at these conclusions, but additionally alleged Aidi was behind earlier assaults within the Afghan capital, together with at Kabul College in November 2020.

The Nangarhar strike, in addition to one other drone bombing in Kabul on August 29, have been launched in retaliation for the airport assault, which got here as Washington withdrew its remaining personnel following 20 years of conflict. 

Nevertheless, whereas CENTCOM initially claimed the Kabul operation a hit – with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers Mark Milley even deeming it a “righteous strike” – the army has since acknowledged {that a} man initially considered an ISIS fighter was, the truth is, a non-combatant, and that the drone strike killed 9 different civilians, together with seven youngsters.

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A follow-up investigation by the New York Occasions, furthermore, discovered that the motive force of the automobile hit within the drone strike, recognized as Zemari Ahmadi, had labored for a US-based assist group since 2006 as {an electrical} engineer. Others killed, all of whom belonged to the identical household, had additionally reportedly labored alongside the US army as contractors in the course of the conflict. 

Whereas the Pentagon mentioned it had not recognized Ahmadi previous to killing him, it claimed he was behaving suspiciously on the day of the drone strike, and that he was seen loading objects into his automobile believed to be explosives. The Occasions, nonetheless, obtained safety footage that confirmed Ahmadi loading jugs of water into his automobile, suggesting the army could have mistaken them for bombs. 

The Protection Division did say early on that civilians could have died within the strike, however maintained for a while that they have been seemingly killed in a “subsequent” blast triggered by explosives carried within the car, moderately than the US drone strike itself. CENTCOM head Frank McKenzie has since acknowledged that was not the case, and that none of these killed within the strike had ties to terrorism or posed a risk to US forces, deeming the harmless deaths a “mistake.”

Previous to that admission, the army had described Ahmadi in comparable phrases because the alleged ISIS fighter recognized by CENTCOM on Thursday, calling him an “imminent ISIS-Ok risk” and claiming the strike was “very disruptive” to the terrorist group’s plans for future assaults. 

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