On COI #158, Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter update the aftermath of a US drone strike in Kabul that killed at least 10 Afghan civilians, most of them children. While the Pentagon claims it struck a car carrying Islamic State explosives, and that secondary blasts caused the civilian deaths, victims’ family members are disputing that version of events. Kyle and Will explain that this is not the first time the US military blamed “secondary explosions” for non-combatant casualties in American strikes.
Will also updates the situation in Afghanistan’s Panjshir valley, where Tajik warlord Ahmad Massoud is attempting to rally anti-Taliban fighters and remnants of the defunct Afghan National Army under the banner of a newly created National Resistance Front (NRF). Panjshir is historically a bastion of anti-Taliban forces, and was one of the few regions the militant group was unable to fully pacify during its previous stint ruling the country in the 1990s.
Several cops and paramedics involved in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain – the 23-year-old murdered in the custody of police in Aurora, Colorado – have been indicted, including charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Kyle discusses the Biden administration’s recent commitment to hand Ukraine more than $60 million in military aid, specifically designed to confront so-called “Russian aggression.” Will and Kyle argue that no amount of Javelin missiles and “non-lethal aid” could repel a Russian potential invasion of Ukraine – a prospect that exists only in hawks’ fevered imaginations to begin with – and that such “security assistance” is a windfall for arms dealers like Lockheed Martin.
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