Now that Russia and Ukraine’s current conflict is being broadcasted on every major news network, the Pentagon thought it would be a good time to declassify some videos.
Several classified videos of the U.S. airstrike in Kabul, Afghanistan, which resulted in the deaths of 10 civilians, have just been declassified and released to the general public by the Pentagon.
Overall, the entire length of content is around 15 minutes and it shows the location where the airstrike took place in Kabul.
The video shows two drones surveying the outer suburbs of Kabul to target a suspected member of ISIS-K.
The Reaper drones were able to lock on to their target and destroy a white Toyota Corolla and house that was supposed to have ISIS members inside. Instead, it killed seven children, an NGO worker by the name of Zemari Ahmadi, and two other adults instead.
Watch some clips pieced together from the Pentagon’s video release here:
DRONE STRIKE GONE WRONG: The Pentagon has declassified video footage of a U.S. drone strike on August 29 in Kabul that killed 10 civilians in the final hours of the chaotic American withdrawal that ended a 20-year war in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/hnQ0f2G8O6
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 20, 2022
More on the Video
The days leading up to the airstrike were complete chaos; just 24 hours before the airstrike was launched, suicide bombers of ISIS-K killed 13 US troops and close to 200 Afghans outside of the Kabul airport.
The Biden administration, along with the Department of Defense, wanted to act as if they had everything under control; so they launched an intense surveillance campaign to find any terrorist members of ISIS-K in a rushed attempt to save their faces.
They ended up placing surveillance on their “suspect,” launched the airstrike, and General Milley called the misinformed attack a “righteous kill” that took out terrorists. Biden himself even sent out a tweet celebrating the strike.
The New York Times Exposed the Airstrike
While the Pentagon had the airstrike under “investigation,” journalists in Kabul working for the New York Times did some digging of their own. They found out the airstrike killed zero terrorists, but rather 10 civilians instead.
The suspected terrorist they killed was an engineer by the name of Zemari Ahmadi, who worked for an NGO based in California. The Pentagon claimed Ahmadi was carrying explosive materials in the container.
However, security footage obtained by the New York Times shows a different story. It depicted Ahmadi filling up water containers that he was set to deliver to members of his community.
Ahmadi died a terrible death and all he was doing was giving back to his community.
It turned out that the vehicle that #USA shot down because it was loaded with bombs in #Kabul before withdrawing from #Afghanistan belonged to Zemari Ahmadi, a charity worker who carried water to her family.
10 people, including 7 children, were killed in the US airstrike. pic.twitter.com/eogyPSStlK
— Furkan (@Furkan38276857) September 11, 2021
The United States military has significantly lost its edge and that is nothing less than the completely honest truth.
How can a New York Times reporter be able to identify someone days before the Department of Defense can?
The only reasonable alternative here is the Pentagon never wanted anyone to know about the botched airstrike and when the New York Times exposed it, they had to address it.