But what the gossip and op-eds didn’t mention was that the real surprise was not Haqqani’s public presence এটি that he was appearing at all: more than once in the last two decades, the U.S. military thought they would kill him in a drone strike.
Apparently Haqqani is alive and well. But it raises a clear question: If Khalil Ur Rahman Haqqani was not killed in a US drone strike, then who was?
The usual soft response is “terrorist”, the answer is now institutionalized by the highest level of U.S. security states. But the final days of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan showed that this was not true. A day after the attack on troops at Kabul’s Tim Airport, for example, the United States responded to a “targeted” drone strike in the capital. It was later found that 10 members of a family were killed in the attack, all of them civilians. One of the victims worked as an interpreter for the United States in Afghanistan and had special immigrant visas ready. Among the dead were seven children. This does not match the general success story that the Biden administration initially told.
But something different happened with this strike. Over the years, most U.S.-led air strikes have taken place in remote, rural areas where some information can be verified and many people cannot go to the scene.
But the strike took place in the middle of the country’s capital.
Journalists and investigators can visit the site, which means they can easily verify what the United States is claiming এবং and it soon became clear what actually happened. First, local Afghan television channels, such as Tolo News, showed the victim’s family members. With so much attention being paid to the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the international media has also started coming. A detailed report in the New York Times forced Washington to withdraw its earlier claim. “It was a tragic mistake,” the Pentagon said during a news conference, as it was forced to admit that the attack killed innocent civilians who had nothing to do with ISIS.
In fact, the last US drone strike in Afghanistan এটি its last high-profile violence এটি was just like the first.
In October 2001, the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban regime. That day was the first drone operation in history. An armed Predator drone flew over the southern province of Kandahar, known as the capital of the Taliban, the home of the group’s top leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar. Operators press the button to kill Omar, firing two Hellfire missiles at a group of bearded Afghans in loose robes and turbans. But later, he was not found among them. In fact, he avoided so-called precision drones for more than a decade, eventually dying of natural causes just a few miles from a sprawling U.S. base. Instead, America has left a long way to go in the blood of Afghans in an attempt to assassinate him and his allies.