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Sen. Paul Grills Blinken Over Kabul Airstrike: ‘So You Don’t Know’ Who We Droned?

Senator Rand Paul interrogated Secretary of State Antony Blinken over reports that the U.S.’ last airstrike before pulling out of Afghanistan killed civilians instead of a suspected ISIS-K target.

Blinken faced questions from Paul on Tuesday over the course of his testimony on Afghanistan before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. At one point, Paul turned his focus toward the August 29th drone strike where U.S. officials claimed that multiple suicide bombers were killed while they were en route to Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Paul: “The guy the Biden administration droned, was he an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?”

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

Paul: “So you don’t know if it was an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?”

Blinken: “I can’t speak to that and I can’t speak to that in this setting in any event.”

Paul: “So you don’t know or won’t tell us?”

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

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