Iranian Drone Strike Kills Wife of American Ambassador to Afghanistan



Kabul, Afghanistan (GRN) — Tensions flared between the United States and Iran in the wake of the death of the wife of Gerald Christofferson, the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan. Nancy, age 62, was tending her crops in the embassy garden in Kabul when an Iranian drone flying in Afghani airspace fired two Hellfire missiles, striking the embassy and killing her instantly.

Christofferson’s grandchildren, staying at the heavily fortified embassy on a two-week family vacation, were playing near the garden when the missiles struck. Jayce and Shauna, ages eight and seven respectively, sustained shrapnel injuries to their arms and shoulders. Three-year-old Benson, who had been sitting on the roof of the garden shed, fell ten feet to the ground, fracturing several bones in his chest and shoulders.

“The explosion was very close to us,” said Shuana. “We found nana’s messed up body way over there,” pointing to a distance of some 100 feet. “It was in pieces. We collected as many different parts from the garden as we could see, and wrapped them in a cloth,” she added.

Ambassador Christofferson, Nancy’s widower, could not be reached for comment. Mark Jarmin, a spokesman at the U.S. Department of State, provided the following statement to the press:

“It is with deep remorse that we announce the passing of Nancy Christofferson—a kind woman, loving grandmother, and dedicated spouse to her husband, the Ambassador to Afghanistan,” said Jarmin. “To the Christofferson family, and to every citizen of the United States of America, we promise that those responsible will be brought to justice. This is not simply an act of aggression—this is an act of war.”

Hostilities between the United States of America and Iran have ebbed and flowed over the years, though the offensive attack upon an American citizen is likely to lead towards increased hostilities between the two nations.

High-ranking sources within the Department of Defense, speaking on condition of anonymity because had not been authorized to speak to the press, suggested that it is likely that Iran’s drone was a reverse engineered version of the American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 unmanned aerial vehicle captured by Iranian forces near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran on December 4, 2011.

“What we’re seeing here is the use of our own weapons against our people,” one of the sources explained. “If Iran or other hostile nations can now conduct air strikes around the world, or at least in countries near their own, then who’s to say how this will end? Mrs. Christofferson may be only the first of many future deaths from Iranian drones.”

“My mother has been murdered by a foreign country’s military,” said Gregory Christofferson, Nancy’s son and father to the injured children. “This outrageous attack has created a disruption in our lives. My children live in fear. They don’t want to go to school. They don’t want to play outside.”

It remains unclear why the attack on the American embassy took place, or whether the American military will conduct strikes on Iranian facilities in response.

“Something must be done,” Gregory told GRN in an exclusive interview. “An innocent person has been needlessly killed. My mother did nothing—nothing—to deserve this. Who will be held accountable?”

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