America launched a drone strike in opposition to an Islamic State assault “planner” in jap Afghanistan, the navy mentioned on Friday, a day after a suicide bombing at Kabul airport killed 13 U.S. troops and scores of Afghan civilians.
President Joe Biden vowed on Thursday that america would seek out these answerable for the assault, saying he had ordered the Pentagon to give you plans to strike on the perpetrators.
US Central Command mentioned the strike came about in Nangarhar province, east of Kabul and bordering Pakistan. It didn’t say whether or not the goal was related with the airport assault.
“Preliminary indications are that we killed the goal. We all know of no civilian casualties,” a US navy assertion mentioned.
Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-Ok), an affiliate of militants who beforehand battled US forces in Syria and Iraq, mentioned it had carried out Thursday’s assault, which killed dozens of individuals – together with Afghans who have been attempting to go away the nation.
Along with the 13 U.S. troops killed, 18 injured have been flown to Germany.
There are roughly 5,000 U.S. troops at Kabul’s airport, serving to to evacuate Americans, at-risk Afghans and different nationalities earlier than Biden’s Tuesday deadline.
Thursday’s assault marked the primary US navy casualties in Afghanistan since February 2020 and represented the deadliest incident for American troops there in a decade.
“We is not going to forgive, we is not going to neglect. We’ll hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden mentioned.
He gave the impression to be combating again tears and his voice cracked with emotion as he talked concerning the American “heroes” who died. He ordered flags on the White Home and public buildings across the nation to be lowered to half-staff.
Biden defended his dealing with of his most critical overseas coverage disaster, saying finally it’s his accountability, whereas assigning some blame to his predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, for the 2020 settlement Trump negotiated with the Taliban.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)