US employer of man killed in drone strike in Afghanistan rebuffed the official US account and firmly denied he was an Isis-K terrorist, claiming the US government “dishonored his name honorable “, in a statement to The independent.
Zemari Ahmadi, 43, was killed in August when his vehicle was abducted in Kabul by a US military drone, a New York Times survey found.
Serious questions have now been raised about the drone strike after The temperature reported that the target was a technical engineer working for a California-based aid group and discovered evidence that he is not an Isis-K terrorist as suggested by US officials. In Kabul, Mr. Ahmadi relatives said nine other people were killed in the attack, including seven children.
After the strike, US officials said the driver of the vehicle posed a threat to US forces at Kabul airport after he was seen loading what appeared to be explosives into his car and then pulled over in an alleged safe house of Isis-K in the city.
But Dr Steven Kwon, founder of Nutrition and Education International (NEI), a California-based nonprofit, said the US government was lying, in an email to The independent This weekend.
“The false accusation that our talented, dedicated and long-time employee is more of an Isis-K terrorist plotting has dishonored his honorable name,” wrote Dr Kwon.
The president of the humanitarian organization said Ahmadi was a technical engineer who had worked for NEI since 2006. NEI is working to end protein deficiency in Afghanistan by helping malnourished women and children.
Dr Kwon said Mr Ahmadi was “well respected by his colleagues and compassionate to the poor and needy”.
The founder of NEI, who has visited Afghanistan more than 70 times, said Ahmadi had helped establish 11 soybean processing factories in Afghanistan and had previously been in charge of humanitarian food programs.
After the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 17, Mr. Ahmadi had “directed his efforts towards preparing and delivering soy meals to starving women and children in local refugee camps in Kabul,” his employer wrote, and “bravely sailed around the celebrating Taliban.” to deliver food.
Dr Kwon said other NEI workers in Afghanistan are now at great risk because of the US military.
“The incorrect media statements made by the Pentagon claiming that the NEI Kabul complex is a safe home of ISIS-K and that NEI employees are Isis-K insurgents put our remaining Kabul employees in great danger,” he wrote.
Dr Kwon said his organization’s employees fear they and their families will be killed by the Taliban.
“This is not an unfounded fear because the Taliban have already come to the NEI complex and injured our night guard,” added the boss of the association.
He said his “top priority” was to clear Mr. Ahmadi’s name by “publicly confirming that he was not associated with Isis-K but rather a talented, dedicated and caring employee of NEI” .
“NEI’s honorable reputation, built on years of hard work, has been damaged by this false association with Isis and must be restored,” Dr Kwon said.
The Pentagon and the US State Department declined to comment on Dr. Kwon’s allegations to The independent.
In a previous statement, a Pentagon spokesman said “no other army works harder than us to prevent civilian casualties.” The official noted that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said the drone strike was based on good intelligence and that the United States believed it had eliminated an imminent threat to the airport. .
U.S. officials said prior to the strike, aerial surveillance followed Ahmadi to a compound southwest of Kabul airport. The temperature reported that this matched the location of the NEI office.
U.S. officials also said Mr. Ahmadi was seen loading heavy items into a car with the help of three other people. Military officials believed the packages could be explosives.
Dr Kwon said that Mr Ahmadi and an NEI guard “carried and loaded into the trunk of Zemari’s vehicle three black bottles each filled with 30 liters of water and a yellow plastic bottle filled with 20 liters of water. “.
He added that Mr. Ahmadi did not have tap water at his home, so he often brought empty containers to work to fill them up and take them home at the end of the day.
Dr Kwon said it was “not clear” why the drone “misidentified these water containers as explosives”.
Dr Kwon also said The independent that as chairman of a US-based nonprofit, he expected to be contacted by the Pentagon in connection with the drone strike investigation and would be “fully cooperative.”
“As this call never came, I tried to arrange a meeting with Pentagon officials but they continue to ignore our requests,” he added.
He also reached out to California Democratic MK Judy Chu to help organize a Pentagon meeting, he said. The independent contacted rep Chu for comment.
According to New York Times investigation, released Friday, Mr. Ahmadi was hit by an American drone in the courtyard of his Kabul home on August 29.
U.S. officials said a Reaper drone followed a vehicle for several hours and then attacked due to evidence the car was carrying explosives. But video analysis and interviews at the drone attack site provided a different version.
Report by The temperature, including interviews with more than a dozen colleagues and relatives of Mr. Ahmadi, casts doubt on the allegations of explosives in the vehicle. This brought into question the fact that the driver had ties to Isis and that a subsequent explosion followed the drone strike.
US Central Command spokesman Captain Bill Urban said the drone strike had “disrupted an imminent threat from Isis-K to the airport.”
He added that the US military knew “that there had been subsequent substantial and powerful explosions resulting from the destruction of the vehicle” which indicated “a large amount of explosive material inside which could have caused further casualties” .
The temperature reported that there appeared to be no evidence of a second explosion as claimed by the US military.
In response to The temperature Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the US Central Command “continues to assess the results of the air strike in Kabul on August 29,” according to the report.
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