Whenever the US suffers a military setback, it reacts the same way. It lashes out in revenge, usually by bombing the hell out of some people in an effort to show that it is still powerful and to distract attention from its failures. While the US military always says that it aimed at and hit military targets, more often than not innocent people are among the victims of its actions. This seems to be the case with Joe Biden’s bombing of targets in response to the bombing near the Kabul airport that killed over a hundred people. The US military’s initial reports, as usual, claim that mostly militants were hit and that any civilian casualties, if any, were inadvertent or even the fault of the targets.
A U.S. drone strike blew up a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate on Sunday before they could attack the ongoing military evacuation at Kabul’s international airport, American officials said. An Afghan official said three children were killed in the strike.
Earlier in the day, Urban said in a statement that the U.S. was confident that the missile successfully hit the target. And he said that the large secondary explosions indicated the presence of “a substantial amount of explosive material” in the vehicle.
The strike came two days after an Islamic State suicide attack outside the airport killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members. The U.S. carried out a drone strike elsewhere in the country on Saturday that it said killed two IS members.
President Joe Biden had vowed to keep up the airstrikes, saying Saturday that another attack was “highly likely.” The State Department called the threat “specific” and “credible.”
However, it appears that many civilians were killed in the attack, including children.
A US drone strike near Kabul airport ended up killing 10 members of one family, including six children, surviving relatives have told the BBC.
The 10 were killed when a car parked at their home was struck by an explosion on Sunday.
The US military said it was targeting a vehicle carrying at least one person associated with the Afghan branch of the Islamic State group.
It said people nearby may have been hit in the aftermath of the strike.
The youngest child to be killed was two-year-old Sumaya, and the oldest child was 12-year-old Farzad, the family said.
“It’s wrong, it’s a brutal attack, and it’s happened based on wrong information,” Ramin Yousufi, a relative of the victims, told the BBC.
He added, tearfully: “Why have they killed our family? Our children? They are so burned out we cannot identify their bodies, their faces.”
Another relative, Emal Ahmadi, told the BBC that it was his two-year-old daughter who was killed in the strike.
It never ends.