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US conducts drone strike against Islamic State ‘planner: Live

Operation against ISKP (ISIS-K) comes as US embassy in Afghanistan warns its citizens leave Kabul airport immediately amid security threat.

A Taliban fighter stands guard at the site of the August 26 twin suicide bombs, which killed almost 200 people and US soldiers [Wakil Kohsar/AFP]


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Ted Regencia

28 Aug 2021
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2 minutes ago

The United States has announced that it carried out a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan against a “planner” of an ISIL-affiliated group, a day after an attack outside Kabul’s airport that killed at least 175 people and 13 US troops.

“Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties,” a US military statement said late on Friday.

The news comes as the US forces helping to evacuate Afghans desperate to flee Taliban rule issued an alert on Saturday of possible attacks at Kabul airport.

The US Embassy in Kabul also issued a warning to Americans who remain in Afghanistan to avoid the Hamid Karzai International Airport citing security threats.

Earlier, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Friday that the US believed there are still “specific, credible” threats against the airport.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford, reporting from Kabul, said evacuations have resumed.

“We have seen a number of planes take off. The number of people around the airport has grown dramatically since yesterday,” he said.

Thursday’s attack was claimed by ISIL (ISIS) offshoot in Afghanistan – the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP ( also known as ISIS-K).

Here are the latest updates:


21 mins ago (01:45 GMT)

US drone strike kills ISIS-K ‘planner’ in eastern Afghanistan

The United States has announced that it carried out a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan against a “planner” of an ISIL-affiliated group, a day after an attack outside Kabul’s airport that killed at least 175 people and 13 US troops.

“Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties,” a US military statement said late on Friday.

Thursday’s deadly attack was claimed by ISIL (ISIS) offshoot in Afghanistan – the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP ( also known as ISIS-K).

US President Joe Biden earlier vowed to retaliate against the attack in Kabul, confirming that the bombings were carried out by ISKP (ISIS-K).

“We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command,” he said.


2 hours ago (00:20 GMT)

US Embassy in Kabul warns Americans to avoid airport

Americans should avoid traveling to the Kabul airport because of security threats, and those at the Abbey, East, North or Ministry of Interior gates should leave immediately, the US Embassy said in a statement on its website.


3 hours ago (23:14 GMT)

US says it evacuated 4,200 people in 12 hours

The US says it has evacuated approximately 4,200 people in 12 hours on Friday, following the deadly suicide attack near the airport in Kabul on Thursday.

“Since August 14, the US has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of approximately 109,200 people,” the White House said in a statement. “Since the end of July, we have re-located approximately 114,800 people.”


3 hours ago (22:49 GMT)

France ends its evacuation operation

France has ended its evacuation operation in Kabul, government ministers announced late on Friday, citing the “security conditions” and looming withdrawal of US troops by the end of the month.

“In exceptionally difficult circumstances, France evacuated nearly 3,000 people,” a joint statement by Defence Minister Florence Parly and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

The ministers added that Paris will continue to help the people of Afghanistan “by all possible means”. They said they will work with Taliban officials to ensure that departures from the country are not impeded after August 31.



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