WASHINGTON: Headquarter of US defense department publicly released first video of US drone airstrike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians amid the last hours of a dramatic American departure from Afghanistan, which brought an end to a 20-years war.
The duration of a video footage was about 25 minutes and were two MQ-9 Reaper drown showing in the scene that strike earlier but during and after the US drone attack a civilian car in a yard on the residential street. NYT reported.
The video was received through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the New York Times against US Central Command, which then uploaded it on its website. It’s the first-time that video footage has been made public from the August 29 hit, the Pentagon initially defended it but later called it a regrettable blunder.
The military claimed it targeted a suspected extremist with the Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot who was about to explode a device near Kabul airport, where a hasty evacuation was still underway. Three days earlier a suicide explosion at the airport had killed 13 US troops and more than 160 Afghans. The man who was driving a car named as Zemari Ahmadi, worked for a US based organization, nutrition and education international. The individual driving the car had no connections to the Islamic State group, Central command said.