Afghan airstrike ‘misfire bombed’ by US troops… 10 civilians sacrificed

Last month, during the evacuation of Afghanistan, a U.S. airstrike on a suspected terrorist vehicle killed 10 people. However, it turned out that all of the victims were civilians unrelated to terrorism. The U.S. military apologized for a terrible mistake, but criticism is growing that the withdrawal from Afghanistan was an unreasonable operation from the beginning.

Correspondent Yunsu Kim from Washington.


On the 29th of last month, the US military said a drone struck a suspected IS bombing vehicle in a residential area in Kabul, Afghanistan.

In addition to the terrorist suspect, a total of 10 people, including 7 children nearby, were killed, he explained, because an explosive in the vehicle detonated.

However, as the driver at the time was confirmed to be an employee of an American relief organization, suspicions were raised that it was a mistake.

[스티븐 권/미 구호단체 설립자 : 희생자는 언제나 도움이 필요한 사람들을 잘 보살폈고, 동정심이 많은 사람이었습니다.]

Suspicions arose that the water bottle loaded in the car was mistaken for an explosive, and that the gas cylinder around the scene exploded was believed to be a secondary explosion, and the US military eventually admitted that it was a mistake.

The victims apologized, saying they had nothing to do with ISIS.

[매켄지/미군 중부사령관 : 이번 공습은 공항에 있던 대피자들과 미군에 대한 급박한 위협을 제거할 수 있다는 믿음에 기반해 실행됐는데, 실수였습니다. 정말 죄송합니다.]

In 2015, the US military bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan, killing 22 medical staff and patients.

[캐스너/국제앰네스티 선임고문 : 레이더를 통해 얻는 정보가 불완전한데도 공습은 할 수밖에 없다 보니 민간인들에게 피해를 끼칠 위험이 너무 많습니다.]

Criticism of sacrificing dear civilians by carrying out an unreasonable operation from the beginning adds weight to Biden’s theory of responsibility for the failure to withdraw from Afghanistan.

(Video coverage: Oh Jeong-sik, Video editing: Jung Yong-hwa)


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