US defends strike that Afghan family says killed innocents

Emal Ahmadi shows a photo of his family member who was killed during a U.S. drone strike on their home last Sunday, , at his home in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Ahmadi says Sunday’s U.S. drone strike killed 10 members of his family, six of them children. Senior U.S. military officials said the drone strike hit an Islamic State target and disrupted the extremist’ ability to further disrupt the final phase of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi)

KABUL, Afghanistan — It felt like hell itself had opened up, said Ramal Ahmadi, who was watching cartoons with his nephew when a U.S. drone slammed into his family’s courtyard where just moments before there had been a noisy celebration to greet the family’s oldest brother.