US launches airstrikes in Kabul against possible suicide car bomb

At Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 24, 2021 (US Marine Corps/Staff Sergeant Victor Mancilla/Reuters)

US Central Command spokesman Captain Bill Urban said on Sunday that the US launched a drone strike in Kabul against a possible ISIS-K car bomb that threatened Hamid Karzai International Airport.

US officials told the Associated Press that “several suicide bombers” belonging to ISIS-K were killed in the attack. ISIS-K is the same group that carried out suicide bombings at the airport on Friday, killing 13 US service members and nearly 200 Afghans.

“US military forces conducted a self-defense unmanned air raid on a vehicle in Kabul today, ending an imminent ISIS-K threat to Hamid Karzai International Airport,” Urban said in a statement. statement to journalists.

“Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material,” Urban said. “We are assessing the possibility of civilian casualties, although we have no indication at this time.”

A Taliban spokesman also said Sunday’s strike targeted the vehicle of a suicide bomber who was en route to the airport, according to the Associated Press.

The US targeted an ISIS-K leader who is believed to be planning future attacks in a drone strike on Friday, with initial reports indicating the terrorist was killed. The drone attack came hours after ISIS-K’s attack on Kabul airport.

President Biden warned in a written statement on Saturday that terrorists could attempt to strike the airport again in the next 24-36 hours.

“The situation on the ground remains extremely dangerous and the airport remains at risk of terrorist attacks,” Biden said. “Our commanders informed me that there is a high probability of an attack in the next 24-36 hours.”

The Biden administration is trying to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by Tuesday.

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Zachary Evans is a news writer National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violinist.



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