Emal Ahmadi said his brother Zamarai, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike, was innocent and had no links with the ISIS-K that U.S. officials called him the facilitator in those days after his death. 29th August, a U.S. airstrike in Kabul killed Zamarai Ahmadi and nine other Afghan civilians, including seven kids. For almost three weeks, American officials kept claiming the drone strike was righteous and that at least one ISIS-K facilitator killed.
‘We want justice,’ say the family of 10 civilians killed in a US airstrike that officials now say was ‘a mistake’
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The Pentagon admitted on Friday that it was a tragic mistake. Zamarai Ahmadi, a forty-three-year-old technical engineer at Nutrition and Education International, a United States nonprofit organization, had no tied with ISIS-K. On CNN, Emal Ahmadi said that while the American acknowledgment by the United States that his elder brother was a victim and not a terrorist took the family some relief, they are still facing difficulties to understand what happened.
He asked the United States knew that inside the car, inside the area, were children, why did they target innocent Afghan civilians in this area? Furthermore, his daughter Malika killed in the attack along with her uncle, her seven cousins, and another child. The child was only two years old. Emal Ahmadi said that all of them were innocent, like his daughter. Ahmadi converse with the CNN inside the damaged family two-story house in a Kabul neighborhood that Zamarai Ahmadi shared with his three brothers with their wives and children.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Offered his Condolences
Lloyd J. Austin III, the United States Secretary of Defense, offered his sympathies in a statement and called Ahmadi an innocent victim whose activities were completely harmless. Further, he added that they apologize and will try to learn from this horrible mistake. The commander of United States Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, said the Pentagon was considering compensations payments to the infected family. While it was tough to reach out to people in Afghanistan, they will be trying to do so.
When asked what they want from the United States, Emal Ahmadi and his brother Romal with his three children killed in the drone strike, said justice. Moreover, the family had to borrow money to pay for the funerals, and there were several at one time they could not afford to pay from their own pocket. Asked whether he could forgive America for what they did, Emal Ahmadi said, maybe.
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