The USA conducted an airstrike against the Islamic State-Khorasan (ISIS-K) in Nangahar of Afghanistan against ISIS-K and “killed the target”.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province (an IS offshoot) had claimed responsibility for the Kabul airport blasts that killed over 100 Afghans.
US military forces launched an airstrike in Nangahar Province of Afghanistan against ISIS-K and “killed the target”.
“The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangahar Province of Afghanistan. Initial indications are that we killed the target,” said Captain Bill Urban of the Central Command. “We know of no civilian casualties,” he added in a statement. Next week, on September 1, Hamid Karzai International Airport will be under the control of the hardline Islamists, who already on Friday claimed to have moved into certain areas of the military side of the facility.
“We are departing by August 31. Upon that date, we are delivering — we’re essentially giving the airport back to the Afghan people,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said Friday, cutting off speculation about the possibility of it falling into international hands.
The attack happened after threats of an imminent threat and, as crowds gathered outside the airport Saturday, the United States issued a fresh alert for US citizens to leave the areas around the main gates “immediately”.
The warning came just hours after the Pentagon said the evacuation operation continued to face “specific, credible” threats. “We certainly are prepared and would expect future attempts, absolutely,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
The Pentagon clarified that there was one explosion Thursday, not two as previously believed. At the White House, President Joe Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki said US national security experts consider another attack is “likely” and the next few days will be “the most dangerous period to date”.
Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi said on Twitter that fighters had moved into parts of the military side of Kabul airport, but the Pentagon pushed back, with Kirby saying gates and operations were still being run by the US military.