Afghanistan has proved that drone strikes have failed.
But what the gossip and options did not mention was that the real surprise was not Haqqani’s public appearance – it was that he was appearing: several times in the last two decades, the US military thought he would be killed. They are in drone strikes
It is clear that Haqqani is alive and well. But that raises a clear question: If Khalil-ur-Rehman Haqqani was not killed in the US drone strikes, who was he?
The usual soft answer is “terrorist,” which is now administered by the highest levels of US security. But the last days of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan have shown that this is not necessarily the case. One day after the attack on troops at Kabul’s Teming Airport, for example, the United States responded to a “targeted” drone strike in the capital. It was later revealed that 10 members of the same family, all civilians, were killed in the attack. One of the victims worked as an interpreter for the United States in Afghanistan and had a special immigrant visa. Among the victims were seven children. This is not the same as the general success story that the Biden administration initially told.
However, something different happened with this strike. Over the years, most of the US airstrikes have taken place in remote, rural areas where a few facts can be verified and many people cannot go to the scene.
But the strike took place in the middle of the country’s capital.
Journalists and investigators could visit the site, which meant they could easily check everything the United States was claiming – and what really happened soon became clear. First, local Afghan television channels, such as Tolo News, showed the victims’ families. Much attention is being paid to the withdrawal from Afghanistan, international media outlets have also started coming. A detailed New York Times report forced Washington to withdraw its earlier claims. The Pentagon said in a statement that “this was a tragic mistake, because we were forced to admit that innocent civilians who had nothing to do with ISIS were killed in this attack.”
In fact, the last US drone strike in Afghanistan اس its last high-profile act was the same as its first.
On October 7, 2001, the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban government. On this day, the first drone operation in history took place. An armed hunting drone flew over the southern province of Kandahar, known as the Taliban’s capital, home to the group’s supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar. Operators pressed a button to kill Omar, firing two Hell missiles at a group of bearded Afghans in loose clothing and turbans. But later, he was not found among them. In fact, he survived the alleged drone for more than a decade, eventually dying of natural causes in a hiding place just a mile from a large U.S. base. Instead, the United States left a long trail of Afghan blood in an attempt to assassinate him and his associates.