Afghanistan: the US launched an airstrike on Isis-K after the Kabul bombings

US AirStrike Kabul ISIS-K

The attack that was carried out with a drone and was directed at the jihadist group Islamic State, was carried out in retaliation for the attack on the Hamid Karzai airport that took the lives of hundreds of people.

The United States today launched a drone attack against the jihadist group Islamic State in Afghanistan, while facing the final stretch of evacuation at the Kabul airport under threat of new attacks.

“The unmanned aerial attack took place in the Afghan province of Nangahar. The first indications point to that we have killed the target,” said Bill Urban, captain of the Central Command, indicating that he had no record of “any civilian casualties.”

In this sense, it becomes the first launch from outside the country by the US military after the suicide attack last Thursday at the airport in the capital, Kabul.

As reported by senior health officials from the previous Afghan administration, the death toll is more than 100 people, including 13 American soldiers. Meanwhile, some media speak of more than 170 deaths.

The United States today launched a drone attack against the jihadist group Islamic State in Afghanistan.

The president of the USA, Joe Biden, said before the punishment operation claimed by the Islamic State of the Khorasan (IS-K), the branch of this group in Pakistan and Afghanistan, that they would promise retaliation: “We will persecute them and we will make them pay.”

John Kirby, a spokesman for the US Department of Defense, warned on Friday that the risk of attacks persists: “We still believe that there are specific and credible threats.”

Meanwhile, the White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, indicated that another attack was “likely” and that the next few days will be “the most dangerous period to date.”

Yesterday, on the eve of the attack, the US embassy in Kabul urged its citizens to “immediately” leave the vicinity of the airfield. “Due to threats to the security of the Kabul airport, we continue to advise American citizens to avoid going to the airport and avoid the airport gates,” the embassy said.

At the moment, next August 31 is scheduled as the deadline to complete the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan after 20 years of war, which will also mark the end of the evacuations.

The Taliban, through their spokesman Bilal Karimi, claimed to be in control of “three important sites of the military part of the airport” in Kabul. Shortly after, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby denied that the Taliban were “in charge of any of the gates” or “any of the airport operations.”

Currently, about 5,400 people are waiting to get on a plane, according to US General Hank Taylor, specifying that the evacuations will continue “until the last moment.”

While more than 109,000 people were evacuated since August 14, the day before the entry of the Taliban, NATO and the European Union asked to continue with the rescues despite the attack.