Thursday 21st of October 2021

learning nothing from the pectoralis muscles of history...

pectoralispectoralisUS President Joe Biden said the US can turn to “other options” should negotiations with Iran fail. A senior Iranian official responded, saying it’s an illegal threat and that Tehran has the right to respond in kind. 

The warning from Tehran was voiced on Saturday by the secretary the Supreme National Security Council, Admiral Ali Shamkhani, who tweeted it in Farsi, English, Hebrew, and Arabic.

The end of any occupation is a humiliating dismissal. The fate that befell the United States in Vietnam, #Afghanistan and Iraq is also the inevitable fate of the occupying Zionist regime.

— علی شمخانی (@alishamkhani_ir) August 18, 2021

 

He noted the “emphasis on using ‘Other Options’ against Iran” expressed during a meeting between President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the White House on Friday. The signal was “an illegal threat to another country” that “establishes the Islamic Republic of Iran’s right to reciprocal response to ‘Available Options,’” Shamkhani said, adding the hashtag #ActiveResistance.

The response was to the assurances given by Biden to Bennett that the US won’t hesitate to take action against Iran should the preferred path of diplomacy prove to be fruitless.

“If diplomacy fails, we’re ready to turn to other options,” the president said, without offering specifics.

The meeting in Washington came one day behind schedule after a delay due to the terrorist attack in Kabul on Thursday, which killed over 170 people, including 13 US troops. The first one-on-one meeting between the newly-elected leaders was meant to smooth the tensions that festered under Bennett’s predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu. The former prime minister was a vocal critic of the Obama-era multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, and Biden’s attempt to negotiate its revival after Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement.

 

Read more: https://www.rt.com/news/533336-iran-threatens-other-options/

 

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US President Joe Biden has released a statement revealing military commanders have informed him that another attack on troops and civilians is likely within the next 24-36 hours.

The president's warning follows a bombing at the Kabul airport, that killed 170 Afghans and 13 US service members. Biden reiterated that the mission to evacuate civilians and allies by August 31 continues and will not be affected by further security measures being taken.

"Despite the treacherous situation in Kabul, we are continuing to evacuate civilians," Biden said.

 

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https://www.rt.com/usa/533352-biden-attack-kabul-airport-likely/

 

Does this mean that the guy with a beard and a turban on his head, killed in the US drone retaliation attack, was not the only one with a beard and a turban on his head?

 

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a "clear attack"...

 

The Taliban has strongly condemned a US drone strike in retaliation for the Kabul airport suicide bombing, calling it a “clear attack” on Afghan soil. The US claimed an ISIS-K “planner” behind the blast was killed in the strike.

The US carried out the drone strike early Saturday, targeting a hideout said to be used by Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), a regional offshoot of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The strike was conducted in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar.

The Taliban, which has recently seized control of most of Afghanistan’s territory and the capital city of Kabul, has strongly condemned the US strike. The drone attack constituted a “clear attack on Afghan territory,” the group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Saturday.

According to the latest information provided by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, two “high profile”terrorists, described as the “planner” and the “facilitator” of the deadly Kabul airport attack were killed in the strike. Another terrorist was left injured by the attack.

 

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https://www.rt.com/news/533350-taliban-us-drone-strike/

 

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The enemy of my enemy isn't my friend...

 

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"some were shot..."

 

Eyewitnesses who survived Thursday’s attack, which claimed at least 95 lives and left 150 people wounded, told the British public broadcaster that not everyone who died that day had been killed by the suicide bomber. 

Mohammed, a taxi driver from London, had traveled to Kabul to help his family secure safe passage out of the Afghan capital. He and his wife were killed in the explosion outside the airport’s Abbey Gate, while two of their children remain missing. His brother and others interviewed by the BBC’s correspondent in Kabul said that their family and relatives weren’t killed in the blast, but by gunfire in the resulting “confusion.” Mohammed’s brother claimed that the firing came from the direction where US soldiers guarding the airport’s perimeter were stationed.

One Afghan who spoke to the BBC claimed that a civilian who had worked with American forces was shot to death by foreign soldiers in the aftermath of the suicide blast. 

“The guy [had] served [the] US army for years. And the reason he lost his life – he wasn’t killed by the Taliban. He wasn’t killed by ISIS,” the man said, adding that the victim was found with a bullet hole in his head with no other injuries. 

The Pentagon didn’t comment when contacted by the BBC. 

 

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/news/533326-us-soldiers-shot-kabul-airport-attack/

afghanistan war planned before 9/11...

The Taliban of 2021 still hold to the line they defended in 2001: there is no evidence that Osama bin Laden was guilty of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

For them, Osama bin Laden was an anti-Soviet fighter, not an international terrorist.

They never gave any importance to the video released by the Pentagon showing bin Laden claiming responsibility for 9/11. For them, as for facial recognition experts, this video and those that followed over a decade are fakes.

Interviewed on August 25 by NBC, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said:
"When Osama bin Laden became a problem for the US, he was in Afghanistan. Although there is no evidence of his involvement, we have now promised that Afghan soil will not be used against anyone (...) Even after 20 years of war, we have no evidence that he was involved. There was no justification for the war. It was an excuse for war.

US and British forces were amassed in Egypt and the Arabian Sea before 9/11. They were already preparing to attack Afghanistan.

The FBI has never accused Osama bin Laden of involvement in the 9/11 attacks, although its director appointed the previous week, Robert Mueller, has done so.

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a piece of crap...

The mother of one of the 13 US servicemen who were killed in Thursday’s terrorist attack at the Kabul airport has called into a radio show to excoriate President Joe Biden as a “feckless, dementia-ridden piece of crap.”

“This was an unnecessary debacle that could have been handled properly,” Kathy McCollum, mother of deceased US Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, told radio host Andrew Wilkow on Friday. “They had months and months to remove everyone from Afghanistan, and they chose not to. And so they sent in . . . 6,000 troops, and my son, through the laws of statistics, my son was one of the ones who just got blown up in a freaking terrorist bomb yesterday.”

 

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 https://www.rt.com/usa/533356-mother-marine-biden-dementia/

 

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just stars and stripes kids...

kidskids                                  ‘He was just a kid’: Families, communities begin paying tribute to troops killed in KabulAs military personnel were going through the grim task of notifying the troops’ next of kin, some of their names emerged Friday before the government formally announced them. https://www.stripes.com/theaters/middle_east/2021-08-27/service-members-killed-identified-kabul-afghanistan-bombing-2691405.html

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Marine commander who demanded ‘accountability’ for Afghanistan failures is relieved of his duties 

The Marine officer who filmed a viral video calling out senior military and civilian leaders for failures in Afghanistan was relieved of command Friday “based on a lack of trust and confidence,” he said.

“My chain of command is doing exactly what I would do…if I were in their shoes,” Lt. Col. Stu Scheller wrote in identical Facebook and LinkedIn posts announcing his dismissal from command of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Lejeune, N.C. 

Marine leaders can address their disagreements with the chain of command through proper channels, not social media, said Maj. Jim Stenger, a Marine Corps spokesman, in an emailed statement confirming that Scheller had been relieved by Col. David Emmel, commanding officer of the School of Infantry-East.

 

“This is obviously an emotional time for a lot of Marines, and we encourage anyone struggling right now to seek counseling or talk to a fellow Marine,” Stenger said. 

Scheller posted the video critique on social media Thursday, hours after a blast in Kabul killed 13 U.S. troops. He appears in uniform and responds directly to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger’s letter to troops and veterans asking whether the nearly 20-year-long war in Afghanistan was worth it.

“The reason people are so upset on social media right now is not because the Marine on the battlefield let someone down,” Scheller says in the video. “People are upset because their senior leaders let them down. And none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, ‘We messed this up.’ ”

The video garnered more than 300,000 views and 22,000 shares on Facebook and LinkedIn, spurring both praise and criticism in the more than 4,000 comments within its first 24 hours.

It’s the latest in a spate of calls from veterans and others demanding that senior officials answer for mistakes over the course of the war, especially in its final months. Some have blamed the precipitous U.S. withdrawal for undermining the Afghan government and allowing the Taliban to seize the country. 

Critics have also likened the Afghanistan failure to the Islamic State group’s sweep through Syria and Iraq in 2014, when President Joe Biden was vice president and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin led U.S. Central Command.

 

https://www.stripes.com/branches/marine_corps/2021-08-27/marine-officer-called-out-senior-leaders-Afghanistan-failures-viral-video-relieved-of-command-2690718.html

 

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bad kids, obviously...

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The death toll from a US airstrike that targeted a vehicle in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sunday has gone up to nine, all members of the same family, a relative of those killed told CNN.

A brother of one of the dead told a journalist working with CNN on Sunday that they were "an ordinary family," not affiliated with Daesh*.

There are six children, including his four-year-old sister Armin, 3-year-old brother Benyamin, and two two-year-old sisters Ayat and Sumaya among those killed, the man said, as he reportedly cried.

Earlier, US central command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said that a drone strike was carried out on Sunday on a vehicle in Kabul, eliminating a Daesh-K* threat to the airport.

"We are still assessing the results of this strike," Urban said, adding that "it is unclear what may have happened," and the US military is investigating further.This is what CENTCOM said: https://t.co/9Eln79RcTr pic.twitter.com/ZjveBHUOUH— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 30, 2021

 

Afghan media reported on Sunday that at least four children were killed in the airstrike that destroyed two vehicles and part of a residential building. CBS said that the size of the secondary explosion suggests that the US strike destroyed a fully-loaded car bomb, and did not just kill a suicide bomber riding in the car.

On Saturday, US Army Maj. Gen. William Taylor said that two Daesh-K leaders were killedand another was injured in a US airstrike in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

Washington has not disclosed the identities of the targets, however.

On Friday, the White House admitted a breakdown in the security process that allowed the Thursday suicide bombing at the Kabul airport, which reportedly killed at least 182, including 13 US troops. The attack, claimed by Daesh-K, comes amid a chaotic US evacuation from Afghanistan following the Taliban's* takeover of Kabul on August 15.

While the Biden administration has come under fire from both Democrats and Republicans over the evacuation of American forces and Afghans from Kabul, netizens have slammed US media for hypocritical reporting on the situation in Afghanistan.

Number of tweets by American journalists sharing pictures of American soldiers helping Afghan children: 472,583,593,592,480


Number of tweets by American journalists sharing pictures of Afghan children killed by today’s US drone strike: 0

— آرش (@thekarami) August 29, 2021Those who feigned humanitarian concern for Afghan women for the last few weeks, on this website, will justify / ignore their deaths, the deaths of their husbands & their children when those deaths come from US drones & guns.— Sana Saeed (@SanaSaeed) August 29, 2021More than 90 Afghan civilians were killed in Kabul yesterday, but apparently that's barely news in the West. pic.twitter.com/szDgfK5aWg— Human Rights Watch Watcher (@queeralamode) August 27, 2021

This comes amid allegations by the media, citing locals, that Afghans killed in the attack on August 26 were shot dead by American soldiers in the panic following the explosion.

US drone operations targeting terrorists in countries have been deemed highly controversial due to reported civilian deaths, which military chiefs define as "collateral damage". Casualties among civilians became publicly known due to independent investigations and information disclosed by whistleblowers. Last month, ex-US Air Force analyst Daniel Hale was given a prison sentence after leaking classified intel on US drone strikes from his deployment to Afghanistan that reportedly killed innocent people, including children.

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https://sputniknews.com/world/202108301083748307-us-drone-strike-in-kabul-kills-nine-members-of-single-family-including-6-kids---reports/

 

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chimeras of terror...

 

By Stan Grant

 

Joe Biden has pledged to "hunt down" those responsible for the suicide bombing at Kabul airport. He says the terrorists will not win.

Yet President Biden should well know by now that America cannot kill its way to victory in the "war on terror".

The US has already executed successive leaders of the Islamic State Khorasan Province in carefully targeted attacks. It has been fighting ISKP — also often referred to as ISIS-K — since its birth in 2015.

Yet here is ISKP on the eve of America's pull out of Afghanistan still able to kill US soldiers and strike fear into Afghanistan.

 

Terrorism is always changing shape

America killed Osama bin Laden but it didn't end Al Qaeda. It killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi the leader of the brutal Al Qaeda in Iraq and it didn't stop it morphing into Islamic State. It killed Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and uprooted the ISIS caliphate yet Islamic State remains potent today.

Fighting terrorism is like grappling with a column of smoke: it is always changing shape. Osama bin Laden famously said "we love death like you love life". How can you kill an enemy that won't die, an enemy that welcomes death?

 

When bin Laden orchestrated the September 11 attacks* on the United States he said it would be the "gateway to the future". His war would be a holy war, and death its highest reward.

For bin Laden it was a war of the ages, a continuation of a battle of a thousand years that would pit Islam and Christianity against each other. The Crusades had never ended for bin Laden.

He would strike the far enemy – the United States – and lure it onto his battleground. And he would attack the near enemy – those Muslim leaders he saw as apostates, termed kafirs – who he believed had betrayed Islam and become too close to the West.

This was a war that tapped into a deep sense of humiliation in the Muslim world: a history of invasion of Muslim lands by foreign forces. The fall of the Ottoman Empire after World War I fast tracked the rise of Islamism: a project to recapture Islam's fallen glory.

William Polk has traced the rise of Islamism in his book Crusade and Jihad, and sees a "universal pattern of failure. The question that would haunt subsequent generations was why?". Muslim countries flirted with nationalism, socialism, secularism but with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Islamism took hold. Polk says there has been "an attempt to go back and try to find where the way had been lost…."

More brutal than the last

Each generation of Islamist movements has been more austere, more brutal or fundamental than the last.

The Muslim Brotherhood was committed to participating in democracy (indeed after the Arab Spring protesters in Egypt forced out the dictator, Hosni Mubarak, the Brotherhood was elected to power before being overthrown). Today the likes of Islamic State or the Taliban reject democracy or even the idea of nationhood.

The names of these terror groups change – Taliban, al-Qaeda, ISIS, Abu Sayyaf, al-Shabaab, Ansar al-Islam. The theatres of war shift from the deserts to the cities, from the United States to Europe, the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia, Australia. People have died on buses, trains, in hotels, theatres, cinemas, cafes. The tentacles of terrorism can touch us wherever we are.

Scholar Shadi Hamid has spent his career trying to understand what drives Islamic militancy, and he says that, despite his best efforts, "the one element I continue to struggle with is what might be called the willingness to die".

As Hamid says, "The vast majority of Christians in the West — including committed conservatives — cannot conceive of a comprehensive legal order anchored in religion."

Hamid calls this Islamic exceptionalism: it is not like the West and will not be like the West. Islam, he says, "is distinctive in how it relates to politics, Islam is different".

Of course there are Muslim countries that are democracies — albeit of varying quality — among them Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey. Many millions of Muslims live in majority Christian countries in the West, and like all other faiths and ethnicities embrace a multicultural pluralism.

But Islamism is different. Islam is the faith, while Islamism is a modern political movement.

Islamism has an emotional and spiritual hold. It is not archaic or backward, as popular media portrayals would suggest. Images of people with long beards and black robes and turbans, and horrific vision of beheadings and beatings, may suggest something medieval but that is wrong: Islamism exists now and is a reaction to Western modernity as much as a rejection of it.

Islamism has political roots

You don't have to accept Shadi Hamid's idea of Muslim exceptionalism to also acknowledge the historical and political roots of Islamism and why it is such a seductive idea: so seductive people will kill and die for it.

Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader and founder, Mullah Omar, emerged out of the Soviet invasion and ten year occupation of Afghanistan from 1979.

 

They were radicalised by Islamist thinkers and clerics, and armed, funded and schooled in Pakistan.

As Taliban leader of Afghanistan, Mullah Omar offered sanctuary to bin Laden and refused to give him up even in the face of threatened US invasion.

The two militant leaders sometimes had an uneasy relationship and differed over tactics but they still shared an ideology.

The Taliban's next move

Biden now says it is in the Taliban's interests to keep Islamic State Khorasan out of Afghanistan. That is far too simplistic and overlooks the deep connections between the two.

Yes, the two groups have clashed often violently and they may indeed fight a turf war for control but they share a common enemy: the United States.

They also share a similar network. The founding leader of Islamic State Khorasan was Hafiz Saeed Khan, a veteran Pakistani Taliban leader.

Today ISKP operates along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border cooperating with the Haqqani Network militant group, whose leader Sirajuddin Haqqani is the second in command of the Taliban.

 

Terrorism analyst, Sajjan Gohel, points out the Taliban will use the ISKP attack and the deaths of innocent Afghans to its own end, cracking down even further in its own people.

As he points out in an article in Foreign Policy magazine: "Islamic State-Khorasan and the Taliban may resume their squabbles, but they also have more in common with each other than they have differences. The perennial losers in this remain the Afghan people."

ISKP, Al Qaeda, the Taliban are different threads of the same tapestry.

A familiar script

In his promise to hunt down the terrorists Joe Biden is reading from the same script as previous Presidents in this never ending war.

By invoking the Bible, reading from Isaiah and saying of American soldiers: "here I am lord, take me", Biden gets very close to George W Bush's talk of a new crusade. Islamists will seize on that language to recruit a new generation of jihadists.

This war is not easily won on the battlefield; it is a war of history and a war of ideas.

It is one thing to promise to kill your enemies. Biden should learn from the failings of his predecessors it is another to understand them.

 

 

Stan Grant presents China Tonight on Tuesdays at 8pm on ABC News Channel and 10:30pm on ABC TV.

 

 

Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-29/kabul-bomb-isis-k-biden-taliban-next-move/100412818

 

 

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Osama bin Laden was financed by the USA for many years... See this site. Will post links in this regard.

 

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 Times Investigation: In U.S. Drone Strike, Evidence Suggests No ISIS Bomb

 

U.S. officials said a Reaper drone followed a car for hours and then fired based on evidence it was carrying explosives. But in-depth video analysis and interviews at the site cast doubt on that account.

 

KABUL, Afghanistan — It was the last known missile fired by the United States in its 20-year war in Afghanistan, and the military called it a “righteous strike” — a drone attack after hours of surveillance on Aug. 29 against a vehicle that American officials thought contained an ISIS bomb and posed an imminent threat to troops at Kabul’s airport.

But a New York Times investigation of video evidence, along with interviews with more than a dozen of the driver’s co-workers and family members in Kabul, raises doubts about the U.S. version of events, including whether explosives were present in the vehicle, whether the driver had a connection to ISIS, and whether there was a second explosion after the missile struck the car.

Military officials said they did not know the identity of the car’s driver when the drone fired, but deemed him suspicious because of how they interpreted his activities that day, saying that he possibly visited an ISIS safe house and, at one point, loaded what they thought could be explosives into the car.

Times reporting has identified the driver as Zemari Ahmadi, a longtime worker for a U.S. aid group. The evidence suggests that his travels that day actually involved transporting colleagues to and from work. And an analysis of video feeds showed that what the military may have seen was Mr. Ahmadi and a colleague loading canisters of water into his trunk to bring home to his family.

While the U.S. military said the drone strike might have killed three civilians, Times reporting shows that it killed 10, including seven children, in a dense residential block.

 

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/10/world/asia/us-air-strike-drone-kabul-afghanistan-isis.html

 

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a "mistake"..

The US has admitted that a drone strike in Kabul days before its military pullout killed 10 innocent people.

A US Central Command investigation found that an aid worker and nine members of his family, including seven children, died in the 29 August strike.

The youngest child, Sumaya, was just two years old.

The deadly strike happened days after a terror attack at Kabul airport, amid a frenzied evacuation effort following the Taliban's sudden return to power.

It was one of the US military's final acts in Afghanistan, before ending its 20-year operation in the country.

US intelligence had tracked the aid worker's car for eight hours, believing it was linked to IS-K militants - a local branch of the Islamic State (IS) group, US Central Command Gen Kenneth McKenzie said.

 

The investigation found the man's car had been seen at a compound associated with IS-K, and its movements aligned with other intelligence about the terror group's plans for an attack on Kabul airport.

At one point, a surveillance drone saw men loading what appeared to be explosives into the boot of the car, but it turned out to be containers of water.

Gen McKenzie described the strike as a "tragic mistake", and added that the Taliban had not been involved in the intelligence that led to the strike.

 

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58604655

 

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war crimes condolences...

While finally admitting the “righteous” drone strike against ISIS-K terrorists actually killed civilians and children, the Pentagon won’t punish anyone, because these things aren’t considered war crimes when the US does it.

General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, offered “profound condolences” on Friday to the families of 10 people – seven of them children – killed in the August 29 drone strike in Kabul. It was ordered in “earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces,” but “it was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology,” he said.

McKenzie then did what the Pentagon does best: he put up a powerpoint presentation, explaining how US “intelligence” came to the conclusion that 43-year-old aid worker Zemari Ahmadi going to and from work in his white Toyota was really an Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) terrorist plotting a car-bombing of the Kabul airport. 

What he did not do, however, is resign or promise anyone else involved in this atrocity would do the same – or even be reprimanded, counseled, or otherwise disciplined. One might think someone ought to, considering that they killed children. 

That’s not how the Pentagon works, though. For two weeks, the US military lied about the drone strike, and the corporate press ran with it. 

McKenzie’s CENTCOM initially claimed that the vehicle was an “imminent threat” to the airport and the ongoing airlift, and that there were no civilian casualties. Then they said there might have been civilian casualties, but blamed that on the supposed secondary explosions. 

“We know that there were substantial and powerful subsequent explosions resulting from the destruction of the vehicle, indicating a large amount of explosive material inside that may have caused additional casualties,” CENTCOM spokesman Captain Bill Urban said on August 29. 

Literally none of this was true.

According to a New York Times investigation published on September 10, what the US thought was a suspicious compound turned out to be the office of a US-funded food charity, where Ahmadi had worked for 14 years. The suspicious bags and containers loaded into his white Toyota? Laptop cases and jugs of water he was bringing home. 

Ahmadi had even applied for a visa to emigrate into the US, as one of the “special immigrants” the Kabul airlift was ostensibly trying to evacuate. Someone gave the order, however, and a Hellfire missile obliterated him, his car, and seven children that came to greet him. 

Seven kids, who ran out excitedly into the courtyard to meet their dad / uncle when he got home from work. https://t.co/bjfFNswMX6

— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) September 17, 2021

 

The last US flight out of Kabul departed just before midnight on August 30. President Joe Biden addressed the nation the following day, calling the airlift an “extraordinary success.” The day after, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley faced reporters at the Pentagon, patting themselves on the back for a job well done. 

Asked about the drone strike, Milley described it as “righteous” and said it killed an ISIS-K “facilitator.”

“Were the others killed? Yes. Who are they? We don’t know,” he said, seeming more interested in talking about his own anger and pain over the war that just ended. 

On September 1, General Milley called it a “righteous strike” despite evidence at the time that the strike killed civilians 

He even claimed the strike killed an ISIS-K facilitator

Now U.S. Central Command says 10 civilians and 0 ISIS-K members were killed pic.twitter.com/CzYQ7ssrIL

— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) September 17, 2021

 

Twelve days later, on Monday after the Times investigation was made public, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby was still insisting that the Kabul strike had prevented an “imminent attack” against the airport and the US forces there. It wasn’t until Friday afternoon, when Washington traditionally releases all the bad news, that McKenzie popped up on the screen at the Pentagon briefing room and delivered his “oops.”

Except this isn’t an “oops.” It’s a war crime. They killed children.

Ahmadi and the children were killed because the White House had to look tough after the August 26 suicide bombing at the Kabul airport killed 13 US troops and 170 Afghans, and demonstrate “over the horizon” capabilities it claimed to have. McKenzie had to look like the withdrawal wasn’t a humiliation. Milley had to look competent – just like when he reassured China in January that “the American government is stable and everything is going to be OK,” while working with the Democrats to sideline President Donald Trump and prepare DC for Biden, according to a book widely quoted on Tuesday. 

Resign? Of course not. Besides, Milley said he did nothing wrong, and Biden declared “complete confidence” in him.

Thing is, Joe and Ken and Mark and everyone else involved up and down that chain of command killed children.

Worse yet, they had to have known it right away. Local media reported the civilian casualties immediately, followed by outlets like CNN. RT interviewed the survivors days before the Times investigation was published. Is anyone seriously suggesting the New York Times had the resources and capability that the infinitely better-funded Pentagon and the CIA did not? Or were they too busy studying critical race theory and purging domestic “deplorables” to pay attention to which white Toyota they were blowing up in Kabul? Don’t they all look alike, anyway?

They. Killed. Children.

It’s not even the first time, either. According to the ‘Drone Papers’ published in October 2015 and detailing US drone strikes in Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere, up to 90% of casualties at one point were innocents – but the military classified them as terrorists anyway. 

The man who revealed this, Daniel Hale, was sent to prison for 45 months back in July.

Daniel Hale was sentenced to 45 months in prison a few months ago for leaking documents that showed 90% of drone strike victims were not the intended targets https://t.co/m6oLEgHTRF

— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 17, 2021

 

The man who blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program, John Kiriakou, likewise ended up behind bars. WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is still stuck in an English oubliette, a decade after exposing US war crimes in Iraq. Meanwhile, the generals and politicians who murder children and commit other war crimes – they get medals and promotions, fawning book accounts, lush retirements in “defense” industries. And power, of course.

That’s how the empire works. Always has been, even as its child-murdering leaders talk about “defending democracy” and “rules-based international order” and “human rights for women and girls.” 

Tell that to two-year-old Malika Ahmadi and Sumaya Yousoufi, whom you killed on August 29 in Kabul. I hope their ghosts haunt you for the rest of your miserable lives.

Reprinted with permission from RT.

 

READ MORE: http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2021/september/18/that-no-one-will-resign-for-killing-kabul-children-shows-american-empire-s-true-face/

 

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