Kabul: An Afghan whose daughter was amongst 10 relations killed in a misdirected US drone strike on Tuesday expressed anger over Washington’s resolution to not punish anybody for the lethal missiles.
“God will take revenge,” mentioned Amal Ahmadi, 32, who misplaced his three-year-old daughter Malaika and 9 different relations within the August 29 strike, which got here because the U.S. navy struggled to finish its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Pentagon mentioned Monday that any U.S. service member wouldn’t face disciplinary motion for misrepresenting the household’s white Toyota as an “trustworthy mistake.”
“The case was not robust sufficient for private legal responsibility,” mentioned spokesman John Kirby.
The drone strike hit three days after an IS suicide bombing at Kabul airport killed greater than 150 folks, together with 13 U.S. troopers – and considerably elevated tensions within the evacuation pressure.
Requested by AFP if he was indignant, Ahmadi mentioned: “Actually … what would have occurred if the USA had misplaced a toddler? What would have been the response?”
The Pentagon has promised to pay compensation and assist evacuate survivors, however Ahmadi mentioned the household had not heard instantly from the US authorities or the navy.
“We simply heard from the media … that they had been sorry,” he mentioned.
The household’s relations had earlier mentioned they had been looking for a face-to-face apology from US officers.
Ahmadi, standing a meter away from the place the drone struck, mentioned a number of the ladies within the household had been so traumatized that they needed to transfer dwelling.
“From the day of the explosion, they mentioned, ‘We do not need to go to this home once more. We noticed our kids being martyred there.’
‘Punish the Criminals’
Ahmadi mentioned his surviving daughter, seven-year-old Adda, remembers her youthful sister Malaika.
Her final recollection was when she mentioned ‘I like you’ within the days earlier than the strike, including that Malaika’s favourite sport was Santacockadi.
The Taliban authorities in Afghanistan on Tuesday urged the US to reverse its resolution to not punish anybody.
Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi mentioned in a press release that “if there may be any respect for justice and human rights and human dignity, it’s their duty to punish the perpetrators and compensate the victims.”
Ahmadi’s brother Zemari, who additionally died within the drone strike, was an worker of the US support group Diet and Schooling Worldwide (NEI) on the time.
Final month, NEI founder and president Steve Quo known as the Pentagon’s investigation into the incident “very disappointing and insufficient.”
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