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Defense Department to Pay ‘Condolence Payments’ of Botched Drone Strike Killing Afghan Family

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Late Friday the Defense Department announced it will be offering “condolence payments” to relatives of the victims killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan. The horrific error killed 10 people in August, a response which was intended for terrorists responsible for the suicide attack at the Kabul airport killing 13 U.S. Servicemen and women, 169 Afghans, and injured dozens more.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement the Defense Department was working with the State Department to help relocate surviving family members to the United States. Kirby did not say how much money would be offered, but that under secretary of defense for policy, Dr. Colin Kahl, “reiterated Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s commitment to the families, including offering ex gratia condolence payments.”

On August 29, the U.S. Hellfire missile struck a car driven by Zemerai Ahmadi who had just driven up to the family compound. 10 family members total, including seven children, were killed in the strike.

The aftermath of the terror attack in Kabul while the U.S. military was attempting to make final evacuations further details how ill-equipped the Biden administration has been to handle the troop withdrawal.

“The U.S. military initially defended the strike” on the Ahmadi compound, “saying it had targeted an Islamic State group’s ‘facilitator’ and disrupted the militants’ ability to carry out attacks during the chaotic final stage of the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan” reports the Associated Press.

Additionally, “discrepancies between the military’s portrayal of the strike and findings on the ground quickly emerged. The Associated Press and other news organizations reported that the driver of the targeted vehicle was a longtime employee at a U.S. humanitarian organization. There were no signs of a large secondary blast, despite the Pentagon’s assertion that the vehicle contained explosives” adds the AP.

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  1. Shannon

    October 16, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Get people killed, throw money at them. Easy to take lives and money when they aren’t your own.

  2. Michael Ruppert

    October 16, 2021 at 11:45 am

    We the People believe people should be fired and Court Martialed namely the Generals involved.

    • George

      October 18, 2021 at 7:44 pm

      Absolutely

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British Woman Wins Millions in First ‘Wrongful Conception’ Lawsuit

Evie Toombes says she should have never been born

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Millions of dollars have been awarded in the first “wrongful conception” lawsuit in London’s High Court on December 1. 20 year-old Evie Toombes sued Dr. Philip Mitchell, the physician who oversaw her mother’s pregnancy when she was in utero. Toombes is suing for “wrongful conception [and] having been born in a damaged state.”

The lawsuit claims Dr. Mitchell failed to properly advise Toombs’ mother about vitamin supplements before her conception. Toombes, a horse showjumper, insists that as a result, she suffers from spina bifida, has limited mobility and chronic bowel and bladder issues. On occasion she has to be hooked up to medical equipment for 24 hours, and her condition will progress as she ages, likely making her increasingly dependent on wheelchairs.

In her lawsuit, Toombes alleges that the doctor did not explain to her mother, Caroline, that folic acid supplements could possibly minimize risk of spina bifida. Timcast.com reports “Her mother testified in court that, had she been aware of this, she would have delayed trying to become pregnant.”

The judge, Rosalind Coe QC, ruled in favor of Toombes’ allegation that Dr. Mitchell had not advised Caroline on the importance of folic acid before conception and during the first trimester of pregnancy. Coe awarded Toombes the right to a “compensation payout.”

According to the New York Post, “her lawyers earlier said the amount Evie is claiming had not yet been calculated but confirmed it would be ‘big’ since it would cover the cost of her extensive care needs for life.”

In her ruling, the judge said if Caroline had known the risks, she would have delayed trying to get pregnant and would have, as a result, had “a different, totally healthy, baby” genetically different from Evie.

Caroline said in court that the doctor did discuss folic acid with her at her appointment, but not its connection to spina bifida. “He told me it was not necessary…I was advised that if I had a good diet previously, I would not have to take folic acid” she said.

Evie was diagnosed with lipomylomeningocoele (LMM), a form of neural tube defect to the spine causing permanent disability.

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China Ready to Meet With Biden Amid Growing Tensions

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As tensions are on the rise between the United States and China, President Biden could have a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping as soon as next week to discuss cooperation, though a date has not been scheduled, according to Fox News

As reported by CNBC, “’ Right now, China-U.S. relations are at a critical historical juncture. Both countries will gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation. Cooperation is the only right choice,’ Xi wrote in a letter read aloud by Chinese ambassador Qin Gang at the New York-based National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ annual gala.’ Xi continued, ‘Following the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, China stands ready to work with the United States to enhance exchanges and cooperation across the board.’”

President Biden spoke with Xi in September as part of his effort to “manage the competition” between the U.S. and China. Biden emphasized the United States’ “enduring interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict,” according to a White House report of the conversation. 

This report comes as the relationship between the United States and China remains strained due to tensions with trade, coronavirus, allegations of genocide, and military build-up.

On Monday, CBS News reported images of U.S. ships being used for target practice by the People’s Liberation Army. “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily briefing Monday that he had no information about the images, saying ‘I’m not aware of the situation you mentioned.’” 

This month, the Pentagon reported that China has been rapidly increasing its nuclear capabilities that appear “designed to enable Beijing to match or surpass U.S. global power by midcentury.” According to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, “We are witnessing one of the largest shifts in global geostrategic power that the world has witnessed.”  

Additionally, China has been reportedly expanding its military flights near Taiwan, “a self-governing island republic claimed by Beijing and which it threatens to annex by force.” Taiwan receives weapons from the U.S. to defend itself against threats. While the U.S. Navy’s presence in the South China Sea remains dominant, China has been increasing the number of vessels in its navy and coast guard in the region. 

Since President Biden’s last meeting with President Xi Jinping, many more pressing issues have been placed on the table that are of serious concern regarding U.S.-China relations.

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