What can you believe anymore? We have aspects of our federal government speaking in vague terms, while sources on the ground in Afghanistan reportedly paint a clearer picture. But can you trust those sources on the ground if they possibly could be trying to foment outrage to escalate conflict in one way or another? It’s not like either case has never happened before, but it’s what we have to go on when that’s all the information that’s out there.
Capt. Bill Urban, USN, U.S. Central Command [CentCom] Spokesperson, released a statement on Sunday conveying that the U.S. forces conducted a strike with the intended target consisting of “an imminent ISIS-K threat to the [Kabul] airport.”
However, Urban noted that CentCom is “aware of reports of civilian casualties,” but “it is unclear what may have happened” and “would be deeply saddened by any potential loss of life.”
Even our own people, who conducted the strike, don’t know what they did — either that or they’re just not saying.
I don’t understand why they come out with statements like this in the first place if they don’t know what happened. Just wait until you do know and then inform the public.
That’s like saying I cleaned the fridge, and I’m not sure whether I threw out any food, but I'll look into it.
Anyway, CNN reported — based on the eyewitness accounts of a family member and neighbor of the civilians who might have been killed — that indeed a family of nine were killed in the collateral damage of the strike.
According to the CNN report:
Those killed included six children, the youngest being a 2-year-old girl, the brother of one of the dead told a local journalist working with CNN.
He [the family member] said the people killed were his brother Zamaray (40 years old), Naseer (30), Zameer (20), Faisal (10), Farzad (9), Armin (4), Benyamin (3), Ayat (2) and Sumaya (2)[…]
Ahad [the neighbor] told CNN he had witnessed the airstrike at around 5 p.m. local time as he walked towards his home. He said he heard the noise of the rocket and a loud bang, and ducked for cover, before trying to help rescue his neighbors. Ahad told CNN that two other people were wounded in the attack.
That’s absolutely horrible, if true, but it’s not confirmed — even though CNN is reporting it as if it were completely accurate.
It’s sad that we have to question the statements of CentCom and CNN, but both the federal government and the establishment media don’t have the best track records when it comes to being forthcoming with the accuracy of information they present to the public.