GLOBALink | U.S. abuse of drones in "war on terror" exposes hegemonic excess

Source: Xinhua| 2021-09-20 21:13:05|Editor: huaxia

KABUL, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. drone strike in late August in the Afghan capital of Kabul supposedly targeting terrorists turned out to have 10 innocent civilians killed instead, including seven children.

Amid a cascade of searing media reports, Commander of U.S. Central Command Kenneth McKenzie on Friday admitted the horrendous incident, noting that it is "unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K, or were a direct threat to U.S. forces."

The U.S. general called the bloodshed "a tragic mistake," but obviously that was merely the latest in a slew of such mistakes the United States has made over the past 20 years in its so-called "war on terror," which features massive innocent civilian casualties caused by its drones.

In fact, Washington's abuse of remote-controlled pilotless aircraft -- which the United States claims to be anti-terror weapons but which have increasingly become "murder weapons" -- has once again exposed America's hegemonic excess.

Produced by Xinhua Global Service

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