US airstrike targets ISIS in Afghanistan in retaliation for deadly attack on Kabul airport that killed 13 US troops and 170 Afghans
- The drone attack was announced Friday night by the Pentagon
- A person believed to have been involved in planning Thursday’s attack was killed
- The strike was carried out in Nangahar province, the heart of ISIS-K
- Joe Biden said Thursday night he had asked for retaliation options
- White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Said Biden Wanted To Destroy Them
The Pentagon has launched a drone strike into the Islamic State stronghold in eastern Afghanistan, killing a man believed to have been involved in planning Thursday’s bombing of the Kabul airport.
The drone hit an ISIS-K member in Nangahar province, the US Central Command said.
The retaliation came less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing alleged by the group killed as many as 170 Afghans and 13 US servicemen at Kabul airport.
One person was killed in the attack, and the Navy spokesman, Captain William Urban, said there were no civilian casualties.
It was not clear whether that person was specifically involved in Thursday’s suicide bombing outside the gates of the Kabul airport, where crowds of Afghans were desperately trying to enter as part of the ongoing evacuation from the country following the swift takeover by the Taliban.
The airstrike fulfilled a vow President Joe Biden made to the nation on Thursday, when he said the perpetrators of the attack would not be able to hide.
“We’ll hunt you down and make you pay,” he said. Pentagon leaders told reporters on Friday that they were prepared for any retaliation ordered by the president.
“We have options there now,” said Major General Hank Taylor of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.