[pjw] NEWS: Second US drone strike (supposedly) kills suicide bombers (Reuters 8/28)
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Sun Aug 29 13:59:41 EDT 2021
In yesterday's report back on the Friday Rally, I added a footnote about
the US drone strike that killed two alleged ISIS members who may or may
not have had anything to do with the attack on the Kabul airport. This
morning, news broke that the US launched another drone strike, somehow
knowing that a vehicle was laden with explosives and headed for another
suicide bombing. The US is "assessing" whether they killed any civilians.
(Although technically, even if the vehicle was driven by ISIS members,
they are also civilians.)
Our friend Zaher Wahab also sent along this article from Common Dreams
which shows 5 ways the US set itself up for failure in Afghanistan,
reaching back to 1979 when President Carter set out to oppose the
The ease and proliferation of remote-controlled bombings, the casual
acceptance of "retaliation" and "self-defense" as justification for
killing, and the lack of analysis about why it's OK for our government to
kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong shows we
still have a lot of work to do.
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U.S. drone strike destroys Islamic State car bomb in Kabul, officials say
August 29, 2021, 8:40 AM By Idrees Ali
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -American forces launched a drone strike in
Kabul on Sunday that killed a suicide car bomber suspected of preparing
to attack the airport, U.S. officials said, as the United States nears
the end of its military presence in the city.
The strike, first reported by Reuters, is the second carried out by
U.S. forces in Afghanistan since an Islamic State suicide bomber struck
the airport on Thursday, killing 13 U.S. troops and scores of Afghan
civilians trying to flee the country.
One U.S. official said Sunday's strike was carried out by an unmanned
aircraft and that secondary explosions following the strike showed the
vehicle had been carrying a "substantial amount of explosive
Witnesses reported a large blast shaking a neighborhood north of
Hamid Karzai International Airport, and television footage showed black
smoke rising into the sky.
U.S. Central Command confirmed the strike and said in a statement
that it had no immediate indication it caused any civilian casualties,
but was investigating.
"We remain vigilant for potential future threats," it said.
U.S. President Joe Biden had warned on Saturday that the situation on
the ground in Kabul remained extremely dangerous, and that his military
chiefs had told him another militant attack was highly likely within
the next 24-36 hours.
U.S. officials had said they were particularly concerned about the
local affiliate of Islamic State (ISIS-K) attacking the airport as
American troops depart, in particular the threat from rockets and
Sunday's drone strike took place as Biden headed to Dover Air Force
Base in Delaware to honor the U.S. service members killed in Thursday's
On Friday the U.S. military launched a drone strike that it said
targeted ISIS-K militants in Nangarhar Province, east of Kabul, killing
two of the group's planners and wounding a third.
As the United States continues to withdraw troops, officials say
concerns about another Islamic State attack will mount.
Biden sent thousands of troops to Kabul airport as the Taliban swept
across Afghanistan earlier this month to help evacuate American
citizens, at-risk Afghans and other foreigners who wanted to escape the
country's new rulers.
At the peak of the deployment there were 5,800 U.S. troops securing
the airport, where the unprecedented airlift operation is set to end by
Despite Biden's vow to go after the perpetrators of Thursday's
attack, U.S. officials have cautioned that beyond a symbolic act or
limited operation, the United States could in fact do little to degrade
(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
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