Jumat, 27 Agustus 2021

US drone strike targets Islamic State 'planner' in Afghanistan - ABC News

The United States has carried out a drone strike against an Islamic State (IS) "planner" in eastern Afghanistan, the military has said, a day after an attack outside Kabul's airport killed 13 US troops and at least 169 Afghans. 

"Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties," a US military statement said.

The airstrike fulfilled a commitment US President Joe Biden made on Thursday when he said the perpetrators of the attack outside Kabul airport would not be able to hide.

"We will hunt you down and make you pay," he said.

Mr Biden blamed the airport attack on Afghanistan's offshoot of the Islamic State group, an enemy of both the Taliban and the West.

ISIS-K claimed airport suicide attack

Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), an affiliate of militants who previously battled US forces in Syria and Iraq, said it had carried out Thursday's attack, which killed dozens of people — including at least 169 Afghans who were trying to leave the country, according to two US officials.

In addition to the 13 US troops killed, 18 injured were flown to Germany.

A US marine helps an evacuee among the crowd at Kabul's international airport
Crowds gathered for days at Kabul's international airport while a US-led evacuation was underway.(

Reuters: US Marine Corps/Handout


There are roughly 5,000 US troops at Kabul's airport, helping to evacuate American citizens, at-risk Afghans and other nationalities before Mr Biden's Tuesday deadline for evacuation.

Thursday's attack marked the first US military casualties in Afghanistan since February 2020 and represented the deadliest incident for American troops there in a decade.

The speed with which the US military retaliated reflected its close monitoring of IS and years of experience in targeting extremists in remote parts of the world. 

The US President was warned on Friday to expect another lethal attack in the closing days of a frantic US-led evacuation. 

Australian troops had already left Afghanistan before the suicide bombing, Minister for Defence Peter Dutton said, but there were still Australians and visa-holders stuck in Kabul.

They have been asked to keep away from Kabul airport, as Mr Dutton has said intelligence showed more terrorist attacks were planned.


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