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Amnesty Int’l calls for probe into Kabul drone strike

Mohammad Parwiz Arian

KABUL: Amnesty International called for further probe into the Kabul drone strike of August 29 carried out by the U.S. forces, in which 10 civilians including children were killed.

Senior Crisis Advisor with Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Programme, said: “This admission is an important step towards accountability for the killings in Kabul, but much more remains to be done.

“The US must now commit to a full, transparent, and impartial investigation into this incident. Anyone suspected of criminal responsibility should be prosecuted in a fair trial. Survivors and families of the victims should be kept informed of the progress of the investigation and be given full reparation.

“It should be noted that the US military was only forced to admit to its failure in this strike because of the current global scrutiny on Afghanistan. Many similar strikes in Syria, Iraq, and Somalia have happened out of the spotlight, and the US continues to deny responsibility while devastated families suffer in silence.

“The US must ensure that it ends unlawful strikes, consistently and thoroughly investigates all allegations of civilians harmed in attacks, and publicly discloses its findings.”

Daphne Eviatar, the director of the Security With Human Rights program at Amnesty International USA said:

“The Biden administration must not repeat the violations of previous administrations and must now prioritize civilian protection. President Biden should show real concern for civilians by taking more meaningful steps to prevent civilian casualties as a result of all US lethal operations, as well as to investigate and assist those harmed. “Communities from Afghanistan to Syria must no longer be left to fend for themselves in the wake of devastating US airstrikes. Following international law is not an option for US Presidents, it must be the norm.”

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