- US launches airstrike against Islamic State in Afghanistan.
- It was an unmanned aerial attack.
- The Central Command spokesman confirmed a victim.
The US strikes Islamic State. The US military struck back at the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing a member of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing attributed to the group killed 169 Afghans and 13 US servicemen at the Airport of Kabul.
The US Central Command said they launched a drone attack against a member of the Islamic State in Nangahar, believed to be involved in planning attacks against the US in Kabul. The attack killed one person and the spokesman, Navy Captain William Urban, said they didn’t know of any civilian casualties, the news agency The Associated Press reported.
Biden keeps promise: US strikes back Islamic State
It was unclear whether that individual was specifically involved in Thursday’s suicide blast outside the gates of Kabul airport, where crowds of Afghans were desperately trying to enter as part of the ongoing evacuation of the country after the rapid Taliban takeover. .
The airstrike fulfilled a promise President Joe Biden made to the nation on Thursday, when he said the perpetrators of the attack would not be able to hide. “We will hunt them down and make them pay,” he said. Pentagon leaders told reporters Friday that they were prepared for any retaliatory action ordered by the president. Filed Under: US Strikes Back Islamic State.
US Strikes Back Islamic State: Counterterrorism Operation
“We have options there right now,” said Major General Hank Taylor of the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to The Associated Press. For its part, the CNN news network reported that the United States has carried out an airstrike against an ISIS-K planner, according to the Central Command spokesman, Captain Bill Urban, in a statement.
“The American military forces carried out a counterterrorism operation on the horizon today against an ISIS-K planner. The unmanned aerial attack occurred in Afghanistan’s Nangahar province. The first signs are that we killed the target. We do not know of civilian casualties, ”the statement said. Filed Under: US Strikes Back Islamic State.
US Strikes Back Islamic State: On Alert Against Possible Attacks
For its part, the Efe news agency said that the United States is on high alert this Friday because it has information about “credible threats” against its troops in Afghanistan, although it will continue with its plans to complete the evacuation and withdrawal by March 31. August, following Thursday’s attack in Kabul that killed 13 US soldiers.
President Joe Biden was informed in a meeting with his national security team that the last days of the US military in Afghanistan could be the “most dangerous to date” following Thursday’s attack on the airport in Kabul, for which the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility. Filed Under: US Strikes Back Islamic State.
US Strikes Back Islamic State: Rising Danger
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki explained in a statement that one of the reasons for this growing danger is not only the threat from the IS branch in Afghanistan, but the fact that the Pentagon is going to start removing its materials and staff to meet the August 31 deadline set by Biden.
The president was warned by his advisers and military commanders that “another attack is possible” in Kabul and they informed him that “the maximum protection measures” have been taken for the troops. Faced with this situation, Biden has authorized military officials to do everything necessary to protect US forces, and also received new information about different plans to attack the IS branch in Afghanistan in retaliation for yesterday’s attack. Filed Under: US Strikes Back Islamic State.
US Strikes Back Islamic State: Biden Committed to Mission
Despite these threats, Biden promised to continue the evacuation and withdrawal as planned, speaking to the press at the White House at the beginning of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Benet. “The mission they carry out is dangerous and now there has been a significant loss of US personnel, but it is a mission that is worthwhile, because they continue to evacuate people outside the region, outside the airport,” said the president.
And, pausing, he said more emphatically: We will complete the mission. ” From the Pentagon, Defense Department spokesman John Kirby highlighted in a press conference the existence of “credible threats” against the US mission in Afghanistan. Filed Under: US Strikes Back Islamic State.
“We still believe there are credible threats”
“We still believe that there are credible threats. In fact, I would say that they are credible specific threats and we want to make sure that we are prepared for them, ”he stressed. On Thursday, the Pentagon already warned of the possibility of a new rocket attack, a car bomb or a suicide bomber with an explosives belt.
It was an ISIS suicide bomber who detonated the bomb vest that he wore attached to his body in one of the entrances to the Kabul airport, while thousands of people gathered in the hope of leaving on one of the US flights. The Pentagon reported two suicide attacks, one near the airport entrances, at the so-called Abbey Gate, and the other near the Baron Hotel; But this Friday he clarified that there was a single explosion outside the Kabul airport. Filed Under: US Strikes Back Islamic State.
“Efficiency” to remove 12,500 people in 24 hours
Despite the violence, 89 US flights managed to take off from Kabul airport in the last 24 hours with 12,500 people on board, detailed the Deputy Director of Logistics of the US General Staff, General Hank Taylor, at the same press conference. Of these, 300 were Americans, bringing the total number of US nationals evacuated to 5,100.
The guiding principle for the Americans is “efficiency,” said Taylor, who explained that Washington has already evacuated 111,000 people since August 14, a day before the Taliban seized Kabul after seizing control of almost all the cities. Afghan provinces. Filed Under: US Strikes Back Islamic State.
They will host refugees in military bases
Since then, 7,000 Afghans have reached US territory, but Washington is preparing to take in 50,000, the Pentagon detailed. To increase case-handling capacity, the US will host refugees at three new military bases: Quantico and Fort Pickett, Virginia, as well as Holloman, New Mexico, adding to the four already in place. they were playing that role.
In addition, the Pentagon continues to work with those countries that are caring for Afghan refugees prior to their transfer to the United States. Only today, 5,000 people were transferred to Germany, Italy and Spain, while another 3,300 left from Europe to the US The figures of victims of the airport attack rose this Friday to 170 dead and 150 injured, sources close to Kabul told Efe the Taliban; while the Pentagon has reported the death of 13 US soldiers and 18 wounded. Filed Under: US Strikes Back Islamic State.
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