(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/30/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the reported killing of 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, in a U.S. drone attack in Kabul, called for a transparent investigation, and called for the Biden administration to severely limit the use of drone warfare due to its “longstanding pattern” of causing civilian deaths.
Media reports indicated that the civilians were killed when an American drone targeted a vehicle in Kabul on Sunday.
SEE: Nine family members, including children, killed in US strike in Kabul targeting suspected ISIS-K suicide bomber, relative says
US drone strike kills 10 civilians, including children, in Kabul: reports
In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
“Enough is enough. For more than ten years, our government’s drone strikes have killed thousands of innocent people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and elsewhere in the Muslim world–destroying family homes, wedding parties and even funeral processions. The civilian casualties in Kabul are simply the latest victims of this misused technology.
“The Biden administration should impose a moratorium on drone warfare until the government establishes strict oversight rules that would prevent these tragedies by severely limiting and transparently accounting for our military’s use of drone warfare.”
In its “100-Day Agenda for Biden Administration” released following President Biden’s election, CAIR wrote:
“Whenever our nation engages in military action overseas, we must do so only as a last resort, act with clear congressional authorization and within the limits of the Constitution, respect international law, honor the sovereignty of foreign nations, and most importantly, protect civilians from harm.”
SEE: CAIR Releases 100-Day Agenda for Biden Administration: ‘Restoring the Rights of American Muslims, Advancing Justice for All’
On Friday, CAIR expressed condolences for those killed in the attack at Kabul Airport.
In 2019 CAIR, condemned a drone strike by U.S. military forces in Afghanistan that killed 30 pine nut farmers. American officials said the attack was intended to target ISIS fighters.
SEE: CAIR Condemns U.S. Drone Strike That Killed 30 Afghan Farmers
He noted that CAIR has expressed solidarity with the Afghan-American community and called on the Biden Administration to do everything possible to welcome Afghan refugees to the United States while protecting Afghan civilians.
SEE: CAIR Calls on Biden Administration to ‘Do Everything Possible’ to Welcome Afghan Refugees, Protect Afghan Civilians
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La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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