The U.S. Department of Defense, Justice, and the State, are all involved in the legal dispute that began with the baby’s injuries and the death of her biological parents.
Conflicting stories of the raid
In Sept. 2019, the U.S. attacked a remote compound in Afghanistan.
That month was later shown to be one of the deadliest months of over a decade of U.S. occupation. 110 civilians were killed in the first week of September.
In court documents, Mast claims that the U.S. government “sent helicopters full of special operators to capture or kill” a foreign fighter.
Mast also claims that rather than surrender, the man detonated a suicide vest. And five of the six children in the room were killed. He also claims the baby’s mother was shot to death resisting arrest.
Attorneys for the Afghan couple, Sehla Ashai and Maya Eckstein, say that Mast’s account is not accurate.
They claim the baby’s parents were farmers and had no terrorist affiliations. They describe the raid as a tragic event. And claim two innocent civilians and five of their children were killed by U.S. forces.
Baby pulled from the rubble
The baby girl was about 2 months old when she was discovered after the U.S. Special Forces raid. Her parents and five siblings were all killed. Mast was at the raid.