MOSCOW (Sputnik), Tommy Yang – After serving nearly 10 years in the Afghan army and fighting alongside US special forces, 29-year-old Naser Nejrabi decided to come from Kandahar to Kabul three days before the Taliban * take control of the Afghan capital.
Similar to the thousands of Afghans who risked their lives trying to catch an evacuation flight out of the country, Naser believed he would stand a chance for a brighter future in the United States after serving in the military campaign. American in the country for so many years.
Sadly, Naser’s dreams of moving to the United States and building a new life with his fiancée came to an abrupt and tragic end on August 29, when an American airstrike hit a car in his backyard, killing him as well as at least nine other civilians, including children.
“I was praying at home when I heard the news. I can’t believe it’s true. How could they kill them?” Naser’s younger brother, Nasir Nejrabi, told Sputnik in an interview.
Nasir said he heard the terrible news of his brother’s death on August 29 when his aunt called him.
“My brother had arrived in Kabul three days before the city was taken by the Taliban, and he was staying with his uncle,” Nasir said.
According to Nasir, his brother was with his family in the yard when the US airstrike hit a car, killing at least eight children and two young people, including Naser.
“Four children were in the car, the rest were outside. The ones who died were my uncle’s children,” Nasir said.
PLANNED TO GET MARRIED ON FRIDAY
The US military has said the air strike on a vehicle in Kabul on August 29 was necessary to eliminate an imminent threat from the Daesh-K * terrorist group at Hamid Karzai International Airport.
The Daesh-K * group is believed to be behind the bombings at Kabul airport on August 26, which killed more than 170 civilians and 13 American soldiers.
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U.S. Marines react during a ramp ceremony for service members killed in combat during operations at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 27, 2021.
“We are confident that we were successful in hitting the target. Large secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material,” said Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for US Central Command. United, in a press release.
Urban acknowledged the possibility of civilian casualties as a result of the airstrike in a subsequent statement.
“We are aware of reports of civilian casualties following our strike on a vehicle in Kabul today,” Urban said, adding that “We would be deeply saddened by any potential loss of innocent lives.”
For the US military, Naser and other civilians, including children, killed in the airstrike were perhaps collateral damage in the longest war in American history. But for Naser and his family members, the airstrike shattered all their dreams and turned their lives upside down.
“The last time we spoke was the day before [the airstrike] pass. We talked about marriage, he wanted to get married. As he was going to move to the United States, he asked me for money for the wedding. I had money to send him, but his dream never came true, ”Nasir said.
According to Nasir, his brother – who is survived by his fiancee – had planned to get married this Friday because he hoped to be able to bring his future wife to America once he received approval for her visa application from. American special immigrant.
Nasir added that his brother has already applied for a special immigrant visa and is awaiting approval.
“My brother served for about 10 years in the military and also worked with the US special forces. Our house is located in the city of Herat, and my brother served in Kandahar, he was in Kabul to sort out the issues of his move to the United States, ”he said.
HATE AGAINST US
Tragically, Naser’s dreams and plans came to a shocking end when he was killed in an airstrike carried out by a country he dreamed of moving to. The devastating news triggered strong emotions among members of his family.
“Please tell the world that America is criminal, savage and wicked. I wish Allah destroys them soon,” Nasir said, expressing his anger at the death of his older brother.
Although the US military argued that their airstrike eliminated an imminent terrorist threat, Nasir could never understand how the deaths of innocent civilians could be justified.
“It’s a clear crime. How could children between the ages of 2 and 18 become members of Daesh? The United States has been defeated in Afghanistan, both by war and politically. Now they are targeting innocent people. Where are the human rights activists to hold the bloodthirsty killers accountable? ”He asked.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said the country completed the military evacuation of civilians and the withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan on August 30.
“Now, the end of this operation also marks the end of America’s longest war. We lost 2,461 soldiers in this war, and tens of thousands more suffered injuries, visible and invisible. The scars of combat don’t heal easily, and often never heal at all, “Austin said in a statement.
But for Afghan civilians like Naser, who lost their lives in this war, and their family members, the wounds left by the United States may never heal.
* The Taliban and Daesh-K are terrorist groups banned in Russia and in many other countries.