The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had reportedly issued an urgent warning that children were possibly present at a site near the Kabul airport seconds before a horrifying US military blunder took the lives of at least 10 Afghan civilians in a drone strike last month.
The CNN, quoting sources familiar with the situation, reported Sunday that the warning on August 29 came seconds before the US missile hit the car, killing 10 civilians, including seven children.
The CIA issued an urgent warning for the US military that the civilians were likely in the area, including possibly children inside the vehicle, it added.
In some cases, the military might ask the intelligence community to “task” its surveillance drones and other assets to watch a particular car or a particular location.
The US official said that in the time leading up to the strike, the US had at least 60 different intelligence reports about threat streams toward US forces at Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Some media outlets had reported that the US drone strike apparently targeted the wrong man, killing an innocent Afghan aid worker along with members of his family, but the top US general described the attack as “righteous.”
Ezmarai Ahmadi was wrongly identified as a Daesh militant by US intelligence, who tracked his white Toyota for eight hours on August 29 before targeting the car, killing seven children and three adults.
Featured image: A relative of Ezmarai Ahmadi, is pictured through the wreckage of a vehicle that was damaged in a US drone strike in the Kwaja Burga neighbourhood of Afghan capital Kabul, on September 18, 2021. (Photo by AFP)