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September 18, 2021

US admits ‘mistake,’ Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians

Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. acknowledged Friday that the Aug. 29 drone strike in Kabul killed ten civilians, not ISIS-K, as the military initially claimed.

“It was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology,” McKenzie said at a press conference. “Clearly, our intelligence was wrong on this particular white Toyota.”

According to his brother Romal Ahmadi, the strike killed aid worker Zemari Ahmadi and nine family members, including seven children.

The airstrike was in response to the Aug. 26 ISIS bombing near the Kabul airport that killed 13 US service members and at least 169 Afghan citizens, which the Pentagon initially touted as a successful mission.

“The procedures were correctly followed and it was a righteous strike,” Gen. Mark Milley said after the strike.

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U.S. Military Acknowledges Kabul Drone Strike Killed 10 Civilians, Including Seven Children

September 1, 2021

Father of Marine killed in Kabul terror attack says meeting with Biden ‘didn’t go well’

Mark Schmitz, the father of a marine killed in the terror attack in Kabul last week, staunchly criticized his meeting with President Biden, saying that it “didn’t go well.”

“Well, initially, I wasn’t going to meet with him, but then I felt I owed it to my son to at least have some words with him about how I felt, and it didn’t go well,” Schmitz told Sean Hannity of Fox News.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, Schmitz’s 20-year-old son, was one of the 13 service members killed by a suicide bomber at the Kabul airport.

Schmitz added that Biden “talked a bit more about his own son than he did my son, and that didn’t sit well with me,” referring to Biden’s late son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015.

“I actually leaned into my son’s mother’s ear, and I said ‘I swear to God if he checks his watch one more time…’ and [that] was probably only four times in,” Schmitz said. “I couldn’t look at him anymore after that, considering, especially, the time and why we were there. I found it to be the most disrespectful thing I’d ever seen.”

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‘Don’t you ever forget that name’: Biden’s tough meeting with grieving relatives

September 1, 2021

American left behind in Kabul speaks: ‘It is heartbreaking’

An American abandoned in Kabul after US troops completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan spoke on her feelings of fear and frustration. The woman, who identified herself as Sara, had worked as an interpreter in the country for 14 years.

“I just found out that they left and I was just silent for a little while,” Sara told CNN. “It is heartbreaking. I just don’t even know what to say to you.”

Sara said she’s currently in a house with 37 people — including a mother of disabled children — who weren’t yet aware the last evacuation flight had departed.

Officials estimated that the number of Americans left behind in Afghanistan is in the “very low hundreds.” President Biden said that they will continue to work to get them out, once the Taliban confirms that people will be able to leave.

“I don’t know anymore, what to believe anymore. I don’t believe in anybody anymore because they’ve been fooling me for the past 10 days,” Sara said. “I never felt like this. I went through so many different missions with military, so many different missions and different provinces. I never had that heartbeat like I have it today, this morning, when they told me that America left. They left us to whom? To those people who have always wanted to kill us?”

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American describes being left behind in Kabul: ‘I don’t believe in anybody anymore’

August 31, 2021

US drone strike killed ten family members, including children, relative says

The Biden administration carried out a defensive airstrike in Kabul, targeting a suspected ISIS-K suicide bomber who posed an “imminent” threat to the airport, US Central Command said Sunday.

The strike targeted a vehicle in a residential neighborhood. Ten family members, including seven children, were killed, according to a relative of the deceased. The youngest victims were two 2-year-old girls.

“We are not ISIS or Daesh and this was a family home — where my brothers lived with their families,” a brother of one of the victims said.

Relatives held a funeral Monday after identifying remains at a Kabul hospital. Family members shouted, “Death to America.”

“We are aware of reports of civilians casualties. We take these reports extremely seriously,” Army Maj. Gen. William Taylor of the Joint Staff said during a press briefing.

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Ten family members, including children, killed in US strike in Kabul, relative says

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