Messiah or butcherer?
With the claims of saving many lives by evacuating Afghan citizens, the United States (US) has finally withdrawn its troops but it left the terror behind as at least 10 civilians killed in its recent airstrike which meant to target the Islamic State-Khorasan (ISKP).
The two families who had wanted to escape the upcoming regime of Taliban and settled abroad, claimed that their children and loved ones were killed in US drone strike conducted on Sunday afternoon in a Kabul neighbourhood .
However, the US claimed that the airstrike was conducted against ISKP or ISIS-K but it was also investigating the reports of civilian deaths.
BBC reported that US army hinted at the possibility of “secondary explosions” after its drone hit a vehicle carrying at least one person associated with the Afghan offshoot of ISIS.
There were explosives at the scene which might have harmed the civilians present nearby, the American commanders emphasised.
“The youngest child to be killed was two-year-old Sumaya, and the oldest child was 12-year-old Farzad,” BBC ‘s report quoted the grieving family.
A family member added why had the US army killed our family? Our children? According to him, the victims were so burned out that they could not identify their bodies and their faces
Overall, the casualties were ranging from two to 40 years old, including seven children.
According to a statistical report on civilian causalities in Afghanistan, in between 2017-2020, the number of civilians killed by U.S.-led airstrikes in Afghanistan increased by 330 percent.
The United States military in 2017 relaxed its rules of engagement for airstrikes in Afghanistan, which resulted in a massive increase in civilian casualties, the report added.
After 20 years of war and occupation, the US withdrew its forces from Afghanistan on Tuesday, leaving Taliban in power.
” They (Americans) could not achieve their goal through military operations [….] We do not have any doubt that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is a free and sovereign nation,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
The development came when the head of the US Central Command, Marine General Frank McKenzie announced the departure of last American troops sent to evacuate US citizens and Afghans.
Declaring war on terror, the US invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 after 9/11 attacks when the former Taliban regime refused to handover Al-Qaeda leadership–Osama bin Laden.
20 year later, after securing a deal with the US, the Taliban reclaimed its regime as they took over Kabul on August 15.