The Biden administration last month said it had fired on and killed what was believed to be an ISIS associate driving a car full of explosives in Afghanistan; the strike was symbolic for being the last missile fired by the U.S. over the course of its 20 years in Afghanistan. Yet a bombshell New York Times report argues that the drone strike killed not a terrorist but a worker for a U.S. aid group:
Military officials said they did not know the identity of the car's driver when the drone fired, but deemed him suspicious because of how they interpreted his activities that day, saying that he possibly visited an ISIS safe house and, at one point, loaded what they thought could be explosives into the car.
Times reporting has identified the driver as Zemari Ahmadi, a longtime worker for a U.S. aid group. The evidence suggests that his travels that day actually involved transporting colleagues to and from work. And an analysis of video feeds showed that what the military may have seen was Mr. Ahmadi and a colleague loading canisters of water into his trunk to bring home to his family.
If true, it's a genuine tragedy, as well as an humiliating coda to the Biden administration's already-humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan.