US President Joe Biden delivers a commentary on Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House in Washington, August 26, 2021.
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The United States military hit it back to the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing of an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group 169 Afghans and 13 American service members killed at Kabul airport.
The US central command said the US conducted a drone strike against a member of the Islamic State in Nangahar believed he was involved in attack planning against the United States in Kabul. The strike killed one individual, and Navy spokesman Captain William Urban said they knew of no civilian casualties.
“WE military conducted forces e over- the counter-terrorism operation of the horizon today against an ISIS-K planner. The unmanned aerial attack occurred in the province of Nangahar of Afghanistan. The prime indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties, “Urban said in his statement.
Biden authorized the drone strike and was ordered by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to provide details not yet public announced.
it was not clear if that individual was involved in specific way in the suicide explosion on Thursday outside the gates of Kabul airport, where crowds of The Afghans were desperately trying to get in as a part of evacuation in course from the country after the rapid seizure of power by the Taliban.
two USA defense family officials with strike he told NBC News than the target of the drone strike was riding in a vehicle with a partner in that moment of the strike, and they were driving in one block area. Officials told NBC News the strike was carried out out from an MQ-9 Reaper drone and ammunition that has been selected for accuracy and in in order to minimize civilian casualties.
The airstrike fulfilled a vote by President Joe Biden made to the nation on Thursday when he said the culprits of the attack he would not know how to hide. “We will hunt you down down and get you paid, “he said. Pentagon leaders told reporters Friday they were prepared for any retaliatory action ordered by the president.
“We have options there in this moment, “Major General Hank Taylor said of the joint staff of the Pentagon.
The US embassy in Kabul also Released to new security alarm advising citizens of avoid four airport gates.
“Because of security threats at Kabul airport, we continue to advise US citizens to avoid in travel to the airport and to avoid airport gates. US citizens who they are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, North Gate or the New Ministry of Inner gate now should leave immediately ».
Biden was warned Friday that another terror attack in Kabul is “probable”, one day after the suicide bombing.
The strong warning by the president national safety team came when the United States entered the final days of a month military withdrawal from Afghanistan, on track to meet Biden’s August 31 deadline for a full withdraw.
–Courtney Kube of NBC News and CNBC’s Riya Bhattacharjee And Christina Wilkie and NBC News contributed to this report.
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