U.S. Marines provide assistance at an evacuation control checkpoint (ECC) during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, August 22, 2021.
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WASHINGTON – The United States on Sunday launched a military offensive against an ISIS-K target in Kabul, a development that comes in the final days of a massive humanitarian evacuation mission.
US Naval Captain Bill Urban, spokesperson for US Central Command, wrote in a statement: “US military forces today conducted an unmanned self-defense air raid on a vehicle in Kabul, ending an imminent ISIS-led threat to Hamad Karzai International Airport. Given. ”Statement.
“We believe we have successfully hit the target. Large secondary explosions of the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material. “
The latest attack follows a drone strike on Friday that killed two prominent ISIS-K members in Afghanistan.
Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the US Central Command, told reporters on Thursday that ISIS would likely attempt to continue the attacks before the evacuation was completed.
“We believe it is their willingness to continue these attacks and we expect these attacks to continue,” the four-star general told reporters at the Pentagon, adding that the United States “flows extremely active threats against airspace “. was watching.
McKenzie, who oversees US military operations in the region, said threats to Western forces and civilians at the airport ranged from bullets to rockets to suicide bombings.
“So many very real currents of danger, what we call tactical, which means imminent, could arise at any time,” he said. McKenzie said he did not plan to request additional US troops for the mission.
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