There is not a single American military left in Afghanistan. The entire country, including the strategically important Kabul airport, is now under Taliban control. The chaos during the evacuation will be remembered for a long time: crush, rocket attacks, explosions. Many people died. But there were civilian casualties before. Over the twenty years of the campaign, the Americans have repeatedly killed ordinary passers-by by mistake.
“The mission, which began in Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001, is over. We paid with the lives of 2,461 Americans, more than 20,000 were injured. Now all of our military have left the country. I can say this with absolute certainty,” said the head of the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) General Kenneth Mackenzie.
The day before, the last plane with a Stars and Stripes flag on the fuselage took off from Kabul. In a picture taken with an infrared camera, Lieutenant General Chris Donahue is coming aboard with a rifle in his hands – as promised, the evacuation ended before August 31.
Since the middle of the month, when the Taliban seized power, the United S-tates and its allies have ev-acuated nearly 123,000 pe-ople. The American diplomats also flew away. The e-mbassy will now be moved to the capital of Qatar – D-oha. “Given the uncertainty of the situation and the political situation in Afgh-anistan, this is a reasonable step,” said Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
The withdrawal of the Western contingent was accompanied by a series of bloody terrorist attacks. On August 26, near the Hamid Karzai International Airport, explosions thundered. About 200 people died, more than a thousand were injured. Including 13 US military. “They served in the bravest, most combat-ready and most selfless army in the world. They were part of what I call the backbone of America. These are the best people in the country,” President Joseph Biden responded.
“They shot straight into the crowd”
The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack. For a long time, rescuers could not get to the victims through the panic-stricken crowd. Footage of a ditch filled with human bodies was leaked onto the Web.
Eyewitnesses told RT correspondent Murad Gazdiev that the Americans standing at the entrance to the airport opened fire on a crowd of Afghans after the explosions. Those who hoped to flee from Afghanistan together with the soldiers were hit by bullets.
“Thinking that there were still suicide bombers, the military did not shoot into the air, but at people, even those who were lying down – those who fell,” the journalist quoted one of the interlocutors as saying.
A surgeon at a local hospital confirmed to the reporter that the casualties were not only shrapnel but also gunshot wounds. “We talked with the survivors: everyone assures that only a small part died from the explosion, the rest were shot by panicking Americans,” Gazdiev said.
A few days later, on August 29, the United States retaliated. They aimed at a car with suicide bombers who were about to attack Kabul airport, but one of the missiles hit a residential building. Killed seven children and three adults – the whole family.
As RIA Novosti clarified the younger brother of the 29-year-old deceased Nasser Nejrabi, he collaborated with the Americans and was going to leave for the United States. I have already completed the documents.
“We were an ordinary family. We are not militants of the” Islamic State “, or Daesh. It was an ordinary house – my brothers lived here with their families,” CNN quoted another relative as saying. At the funeral, people shouted, “Death to America!”
Not the first time
Many tragic mistakes have accumulated over twenty years. The first serious incident occurred in December 2001. The Americans attacked a Pashtun convoy heading for the inauguration of the new Afghan government. More than 60 people were killed.
Six months later, an Afghan wedding was bombed in the village of Kakarak, Uruzgan province. The Pentagon claimed the target was Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Omar. But the bomb fell on the house, which contained several hundred people. The Americans admitted that they killed 40 and wounded about a hundred. Mulla was not among them. Afghans cite different numbers: at least 250 dead, most of them women and children.
In 2008, in the Shah Wali Kot district of the Kandahar province, an airstrike was launched against another wedding. Dozens of those killed, mostly women and children. And in the province of Herat in the same year, hundreds of villagers were killed by rocket fire – the Americans were hunting for one of the Taliban leaders.
In 2009, rockets destroyed two fuel trucks hijacked by militants in Kunduz. More than a hundred victims are locals who have come with cans for fuel.
Six years later, during the Battle of Kunduz, the US Air Force mistakenly bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital. Forty-two people were killed and thirty-seven injured. It is difficult to calculate how many victims there are – but, obviously, we are talking about thousands.