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Resource ID: #29068
Subject: Air Strikes
Source: Azmat Khan, Matthieu Aikins, Christoph Koettl, Evan Hill, Eric Schmitt, Ainara Tiefenthäler, Drew Jordan, Dave Philipps, Eric Schmitt, Mark Mazzetti
Affiliation: The New York Times
Date: 2021-12-12



The final airstrike of America’s longest war took deadly aim at a suspected terrorist believed to be planning an attack on U.S. troops exiting Kabul. It went horribly wrong.

The suspected terrorist was actually Zemari Ahmadi, an employee of a California-based nutrition aid organization. The heavy objects in the trunk of his car were not explosives, as the U.S. military believed, but canisters of water he was taking home to his family. And his supposed visit to an ISIS hideout? He was merely stopping to pick up a co-worker’s computer on the way to the office. The only aspect of the strike that worked as planned was the precision bomb launched from a drone. It obliterated Ahmadi’s car as he pulled into his driveway, killing him and nine others, including seven children. All were innocents.

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