But the gossip and column did not mention that the real surprise was not the public appearance of Haqqani-but his appearance: in the past two decades, the US military has repeatedly thought that they have killed him in no one. The plane is attacked.
Obviously, Haqqani is still alive. But this raises an obvious question: If Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani was not killed in a U.S. drone strike, who was it?
The usually plain response is a “terrorist,” and now the highest level of security in the United States institutionalizes this response. But the last few days of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan show that this is not necessarily true. For example, the day after the attack on the army at the crowded airport in Kabul, the United States carried out a “targeted” drone attack in the capital. It was later reported that the attack killed 10 members of a family, all of them civilians. One of the victims worked as an American translator in Afghanistan and prepared a special immigrant visa. Seven of the victims were children. This is inconsistent with the general success story initially told by the Biden administration.
However, something different happened in this strike. Over the years, most of the air operations carried out by the United States have been carried out in remote rural areas, where there are few facts that can be verified, and not many people can go to the scene.
But this strike took place in the middle of the country’s capital.
Journalists and investigators can access the site, which means they can easily verify all the facts claimed by the United States-and what actually happened quickly becomes clear. First, local TV channels in Afghanistan, such as Tolo News, broadcast the families of the victims. With so much attention to the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, international media has also begun to flood in. A detailed report in the New York Times forced Washington to retract its earlier statement“This is a tragic mistake,” the Pentagon said at a press conference because it was forced to admit that the attack killed innocent civilians who had no connection with the Islamic State.
In fact, the last U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan—its last high-profile act of violence—is very similar to its first.
On October 7, 2001, the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in order to overthrow the Taliban regime.That day The first drone operation in history happenedAn armed “Predator” drone flew to Kandahar province in Vietnam, known as the capital of the Taliban, and the province is the home of the organization’s top leader Mullah Mohamed Omar. The operator pressed a button to kill Omar and fired two Hellfire missiles at a group of bearded Afghans wearing loose robes and turbans. But later, he was not found among them.In fact, for more than ten years, he has avoided allegedly precise drones, and eventually Died of natural causes In a hiding place just a few miles away from a huge American base. On the contrary, the United States left long traces of Afghan blood when trying to kill him and his accomplices.