After giving itself a pat on the back for supposedly taking out a high-up official involved with the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda, the Biden administration has since ceased its claims of victory.
This walk back by U.S. military officials came after the dead man’s family said that he has zero ties to any terrorist group and was simply a father of 10 who was taking care of the farm before he was killed by a missile fired in Syria, according to The Washington Post.
As was noted by The Daily Wire, in the immediate aftermath of the killing, U.S. officials asserted, with no evidence, that they had obliterated a “senior Al Qaeda leader.”
The man who had his life taken in the strike was Lotfi Hassan Misto, a 56-year-old man whose family has reportedly described him as kind and hard-working.
“We are no longer confident we killed a senior AQ official,” a U.S. official reportedly informed the Post, speaking under the condition of anonymity.
Another insisted that “though we believe the strike did not kill the original target, we believe the person to be al-Qaeda.”
The Daily Wire reported that the Pentagon has remained largely silent about the attack, and has not put out information about its intended target, whether or not they are still at large, and what evidence it has, if any, that Misto was heavily involved with Al-Qaeda.
“Centcom takes all such allegations seriously and is investigating to determine whether or not the action may have unintentionally resulted in harm to civilians,” stated Michael Lawhorn, a spokesman for Central Command.
A recent colossal disaster by the U.S. government that many have likely forgotten occurred in August 2021 when the Biden administration launched a drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, murdering 10 civilians, among them seven children.
“We are confident we successfully hit the target,” Central Command claimed at the time. “Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material.”
Later on, another statement acknowledged that the Central Command was “aware of reports of civilian casualties” following the vehicle strike in Kabul.
“It is unclear what may have happened, and we are investigating further,” the statement added. “We would be deeply saddened by any potential loss of innocent life.”
As for other news regarding Syria, President Bashar al-Assad is taking a trip to Saudi Arabia to attend the Arab League summit, which Syria was reportedly banned from attending for the past 11 years. Such a huge change in relations may signal an attempt by the majority of Arab states to improve relations with one another.