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Pentagon Says Airstrike Hit Car Bomb That Posed ‘Imminent ISIS-K Threat’ To Kabul Airport

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 29, 2021

Topline

The U.S. military launched an airstrike Sunday targeting a car bomb that posed an “imminent” threat by the Islamic State to the Kabul airport, the site of U.S. evacuations from Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Sunday.

Key Facts

An unmanned drone strike eliminated an “immiment ISIS-K threat” to the airport, U.S. Central Command spokesperson Capt. Bill Urban said in a statement, referring to the terror group that targeted the airport last week.

Urban said the Pentagon is “confident we successfully hit the target,” and that “significant secondary explosions” from the vehicle after it was struck indicate “a substantial amount of explosive material.”

The Pentagon is “assessing the possibilities of civilian casualties” but has “no indications” there were any, Urban said, adding that they “remain vigilant for potential future threats.

A Taliban spokesperson told the Associated Press the strike targeted the bomber as he was driving, with the outlet reporting the airstrike appeared to be separate from a rocket attack that hit a neighborhood near the airport.

Key Background

The U.S. has been on high alert since an attack on the airport last week attributed to ISIS-K killed 13 U.S. service members and hundreds of Afghans. The airport has been used to evacuate more than 114,400 people, including nearly 5,500 Americans, since the Taliban took control of Kabul on Aug. 14, White House and State Department officials said Sunday. The U.S. is seeking to withdraw its troops from the region by August 31.

Crucial Quote

“This strike was not the last. We will continue to hunt down any person involved in that heinous attack and make them pay,” President Joe Biden said in a statement on Saturday after an earlier airstrike killed two ISIS-K operatives the U.S. said were involved in last week’s attack.

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