Afghans killed in the ‘retaliation attack’ demand compensation


The relatives of the victims of the US drone attack on an alleged IS-target in the Afghan capital Kabul are demanding compensation. They also want a personal apology.

Ezmarai Ahmadi was wrongly identified by the U.S. intelligence services as a militant of Islamic State. On August 29th, his white Toyota was followed for eight hours because the Pentagon suspected that there was an IS bomb in the car.

Then the car was bombed. Ten people from the same Afghan family, including seven children, were killed in the attack. US trumpeted about extermination of the terrorist.

After the New York Times questioned the events, U.S. Army Chief Frank McKenzie admitted on Friday that a mistake had been made. McKenzie and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin apologized.

However, the relatives of the family consider this not enough. The brother of one of the victims, who also lost several nephews and nieces in the attack, told the French press agency AFP that the US has not yet made direct contact with the family.

“They must offer compensation,” Farshad Haidari told the news agency. He also calls on the US to “catch and bring to justice” those responsible.

General McKenzie has said that the United States is investigating how the country can compensate the families affected for the damage suffered.


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