Authors: Lolita C.Bardo and Robert Burns
Washington (Associated Press)-The U.S. military acted quickly in retaliation for the deadly suicide bombing at Kabul Airport in response to President Joe Biden’s promise, saying it killed the Islamic State Organization with a drone attack on Saturday A member of the Afghanistan branch.
The White House indicated that signs were present suggesting that IS would launch another attack on the U.S.-led Kabul Airport evacuation operation. Biden has established Tuesday as the deadline for the finalization of the exit.
Unnamed defense officials claimed that Biden authorized the drone strike, which was ordered and executed by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. They spoke under anonymity and gave details that were not publicly available.
Within 48 hours of the Kabul attack, the airstrike was launched only from Afghanistan. The attack claimed the lives of 13 Americans as well as dozens Afghans. After 20 years of war, the United States pulled out. Only a few more days remain. The US Central Command gave few details and said that its strike did no harm to civilians.
The speed of the US military’s retaliation reflects its close surveillance of the Islamic State and years of experience in combating extremists in remote areas of the world. However, this shows that the United States is limited in its ability to defeat extremism. Some believe that Taliban rule will give them more freedom to move in Afghanistan.
According to the Central Command, the drone attack was launched in Nangarhar Province in an attack against an Islamic State member who is believed to have been involved in a plot attack on the United States of America in Kabul. Captain William Urban, the Central Command spokesperson, stated that one person was killed in the attack.
The suicide bombing that occurred at Kabul Airport’s gate Thursday night is still not known. However, Afghans are trying desperately to enter the airport as part the ongoing evacuation.
Biden had announced that the perpetrators were not going to be hiding and the airstrike began. He stated, “We are going to hunt you down and make sure you pay.” On Friday, Pentagon leaders informed reporters that they were ready to respond to any retaliatory actions by the president.
Major General Hank Taylor from the Pentagon Joint Staff stated, “We have a decision now.”
Friday’s warning to the president indicated that another deadly attack was possible during the last days of U.S.-led evacuation. Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary said that Biden’s national security team offers a grim outlook.
Pasaki claimed that the Taliban had told the president of Kabul and vice presidents that another terrorist attack could happen, but that they were taking the strongest protective measures at Kabul Airport. This contrasts with what the Pentagon has been saying ever since the bombing at Kabul Airport. echo
Friday’s State Department appealed to Americans to avoid the airport gates, including those belonging the “new Interior Department” gate, again on Friday.