Blinken Dodges on Whether Afghanistan Drone Strike Targeted Aid Worker Instead of ISIS Bomber

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks following talks on the situation in Afghanistan, at the State Department in Washington, D.C., August 30, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) grilled Secretary of State Antony Blinken over a drone strike targeting what the Pentagon initially said was an ISIS-K car bomb, but which subsequent evidence indicated was a worker for an American aid organization and members of his family.

“The guy the Biden administration droned — was he an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?” Paul asked Blinken during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“The administration is, of course, reviewing that strike, and I’m sure that a, you know, full assessment will be forthcoming,” Blinken responded.

“So you don’t know if it was an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative? . . . You don’t know or you won’t tell us?” Paul said.

“I don’t know because we’re reviewing it,” Blinken answered.

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