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Blinken Says US Doesn’t Know Who Was Killed in Kabul Drone Strike, Review Forthcoming

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that he doesn’t know at this stage whether a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, last month killed a suspected member of the ISIS-K terrorist group or an Afghan aid worker and his family. “The guy the Biden administration droned, was he an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asked Blinken during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Afghanistan withdrawal. The Kentucky senator was referring to a report by The New York Times that the drone mistakenly struck Zemari Ahmadi, a 43-year-old worker for Nutrition and Education International, a California-based aid group. Blinken replied: “The administration is, of course, reviewing that strike. I’m sure that a full assessment will be forthcoming.” “So you don’t know if it was an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?” Paul asked. “I don’t know because we’re reviewing it,” Blinken responded. …

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