Afghanistan has proven that drone strikes have failed
But what’s not mentioned in the rumors and op -eds is that the real surprise isn’t Haqqani’s public appearance – this is what he really showed: Many times over the past two decades, the U.S. military has thought they killed. he was on drone strike.
Clearly Haqqani is alive and well. Yet that raises an embarrassing question: if Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani was not killed in U.S. drone attacks, who would?
The usual bland response is “terrorists,” a response that is now set at the highest level of the U.S. security state. But the last days of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan show that that is not really true. A day after an attack by troops at Kabul’s teeming airport, for example, the U.S. responded to a “target” drone strike in the capital. It later emerged that the attack killed 10 members of a family, all of whom were civilians. One of the victims was serving as an interpreter for the U.S. in Afghanistan and had a Special Immigrant Visa ready. Seven victims were children. This is inconsistent with the typical success story first told by the Biden administration.
However something different happened to this strike. For many years, most of the air operations conducted in the U.S. took place in remote, rural areas where few facts could be verified and not many people could go to the area.
But this strike took place in the midst of the nation’s capital.
Journalists and investigators will be able to visit the area, which means they can easily investigate everything the United States has claimed – and what really happened will soon become clear. First, local television channels in Afghanistan, such as Tolo News, were shown to family members of the victims. With so much attention being paid to the withdrawal from Afghanistan, international media outlets are also starting to arrive. A detailed New York Times report forced Washington to withdraw earlier claims. “This is a terrible mistake,” the Pentagon said at a press conference, as it was forced to admit that the strike killed innocent civilians unrelated to ISIS.
In fact, America’s last drone strike in Afghanistan – the last high -profile act of violence – was almost identical to its first.
On October 7, 2001, the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban regime. That day the first drone operation in history took place. An armed Predator drone flew over the southern province of Kandahar, known as the Taliban capital, home of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the group’s top leader. Operators pushed the button to kill Omar, who fired two Hellfire missiles at a group of bearded Afghans wearing loose clothes and turbans. But afterward, he was not to be found among them. In fact, he avoided the so -called precise drones for more than a decade, later. die of natural causes just a short drive away from a growing US base. However, America has left Afghanistan’s long bloodline in its attempts to kill him and his comrades.