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Relatives of innocent Afghan family killed in airstrike ask for compensation

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Relatives of the Afghanistan aid worker who was killed an an airstrike in August along with nine other innocent members of his family on Saturday requested help leaving the country and compensation for their suffering.

On Friday, 19 days after the U.S. government claimed it prevented an ISIS-K terror attack with a targeted, “righteous” drone strike near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, officials conceded they made a “mistake.”

The Aug. 29 drone strike hit a longtime aid worker for a US group, 38-year-old Zmaray Ahmadi — the family’s primary breadwinner — as he pulled into the driveway of his home. The 10 victims – three adults and seven children – all lived together in the home, including Zmaray’s three brothers.

The next day, the Ahmadi family pleaded for help leaving the war-torn, Taliban-controlled country, as well as monetary reparations.

“Whether in America or another country, we want peace and comfort for our remaining years,” Samim Ahmadi — the 24-year-old stepson of Zmaray — told the Washington Post.  “Everyone makes mistakes. The Americans cannot bring back our loved ones, but they can take us out of here.” 

Zmaray Ahmadi.
Zmaray Ahmadi was a longtime aid worker for a US group.
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“We didn’t have money to bury our relatives,” Zmaray’s 32-year-old brother Emal reportedly said. “We had to borrow the funds.”

“We are worried,” said another brother, Ajmal Ahmadi, according to the Washington Post. “We feel under threat because we are so exposed to the public by the media. Everyone got to know that we have worked for foreigners, served in the Afghan army as well as the Afghan intelligence agency.”

Despite frustration over the U.S’ handling of the tragedy, one brother was “happy” officials admitted to the tragic blunder.

Picture of a girl on a cell phone.
The drone strike killed seven children and three adults that lived in the home.
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Faisal Ahmadi.
Faisal Ahmadi was among the nine killed.
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Ayat Ahmadi.
Ayat Ahmadi died in the airstrike.
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Binyamen and Armin Ahmadi.
Binyamen and Armin Ahmadi both were killed.
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Farzad Ahmad.
Farzad Ahmad died during the strike.
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“The Americans kept emphasizing they killed an ISIS-K terrorist,” Emal reportedly said. “Now, we are happy they have acknowledged their mistake and confirmed that they killed innocent people.”

But now, Emal demands the US “punish” those responsible for killing family members.

“The U.S. government must punish those who launched the drone strike,” said Emal, according to the Washington Post. “They knew and saw there were children on the ground. Can anyone bring them back?”

Ahmadi family pray at the cemetery.
“We didn’t have money to bury our relatives, we had to borrow the funds,” one of Zmaray Ahmadi’s brothers explained.
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Romal Ahmadi.
Romal Ahmadi says that “no one has apologized, no one has helped us.”
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The call for justice came as the family ripped the U.S. government for not reaching out to deliver a personal apology.

“No one has apologized, no one has helped us,” Romal Ahmadi said. “[They] Americans can’t bring back our brother, children, our nephews. If they apologize that would be sufficient.”

Now, they want to leave the country for somewhere safer, because it isn’t a “good place to be.”

U.S. Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie.
“It is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K or a direct threat to US forces,” Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. announced after the killing.
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Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., commander of US Central Command, said the civilians “were tragically killed” on Aug. 29, ahead of the Biden administration’s planned removal of troops from Afghanistan.

“I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children, were tragically killed in that strike,” McKenzie said. “We now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K or a direct threat to US forces.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
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There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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