에 따르면 New York Times report, the drone attack that American officials said killed an IS terrorist carrying a bomb in a car toward U.S. troops may have killed a man with no ties to ISIS and who was carrying water to family members.
American military officials 발표 late last month that the drone strike, carried out the day after a suicide bombing killed 13 우리. 서비스 회원, killed an alleged “ISIS-K planner” 그리고 “associate.”
The New York Times says that after reviewing video evidence and interviewing more than a dozen of the driver’s friends and family members in Kabul, it has doubts about the U.S. version of events.
“Times reporting has identified the driver as Zemari Ahmadi, a longtime worker for a U.S. aid group,” 보고서 상태. “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.”
미국. previously admitted that there were three civilian casualties in the strike, but the Times report says the actual number is 10. Seven of those individuals were children, including young family members of Ahmadi who relatives say had run to the car to greet him when he got home moments before the strike.
Two well-placed U.S. military sources tell Fox News that the U.S. Central Command remains confident that the strike was based on accurate intelligence, and an investigation is underway as to how many civilians were killed.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. 마크 A. Milley said that a secondary explosion confirms that the Ahmadi’s car was filled with explosives. The Times report also disputes that claim.
“But an examination of the scene of the strike, conducted by the Times visual investigations team and a Times reporter the morning afterward, and followed up with a second visit four days later, found no evidence of a second, more powerful explosion,” 보고서 상태.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
폭스 뉴스’ Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.