WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden warned those at the back of a deadly terrorist attack that killed and wounded American carrier participants and Afghan civilians in Kabul on Thursday that the U.S. would “hunt you down and make you pay.”
A day later, he followed via on that threat.
The Pentagon announced late Friday that a military drone strike targeted a planner for ISIS-Okay, the first American attack on the terrorist neighborhood following a bomb attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport.
“U.S. military forces carried out an over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation today against an ISIS-Okay planner,” Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a Central Command spokesman, said in a statement. “The unmanned airstrike happened in the Nangahar Province of Afghanistan. Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties.”
Thirteen U.S. carrier participants – 11 Marines, a Navy corpsman and an Army soldier – and at least 169 Afghan of us died in Thursday’s bombing attack, which unfolded as American and allied forces had been scrambling to evacuate of us from Afghanistan.
The attack – one among America’s deadliest days in the nearly 20-year war in Afghanistan – drew fierce censure from Republicans, stoked fears about the final days of America’s evacuation mission and threatened to define Biden’s aloof-young presidency as one among chaos instead of the competence he promised on the campaign trail.
The bombing came five days sooner than next Tuesday’s deadline that Biden situation for withdrawing U.S. troops and amid warnings that extra terrorist strikes may near soon.
ISIS-Okay claimed responsibility for the attack.
Even sooner than the bombing, Biden was facing harsh criticism over his strategy for winding down the war that started in 2001 when the United States invaded Afghanistan, which sheltered the terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Heart and the Pentagon.
Impartial actual hours after the attack Thursday, a somber Biden called the American carrier participants killed “heroes” and promised to exact revenge on those at the back of the attack.
“We won’t forgive,” he said at the White Apartment. “We won’t neglect.”
After the tragedy of the Kabul bombing, Republican lawmakers universally rushed to sentence Biden’s handling of Afghanistan while demanding his administration maintain troops in the increasingly unstable nation past Tuesday’s deadline to make particular the safe evacuation of all remaining Americans
Military officials imagine the ISIS-Okay official targeted in Friday’s drone strike was all for planning future attacks. He was killed while traveling in a car with an associate, according to a U.S. official who was no longer authorized to speak publicly about the attack.
ISIS-Okay leadership generally operates in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces in Afghanistan.
ISIS-Okay considers the Taliban, the Islamic militant neighborhood that is celebrated for its brutality and now controls Afghanistan, to be insufficiently devout in its adherence to Islam. The two militant groups have attacked each other.
Around the same time as the drone strike against the ISIS-Okay planner, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a contemporary warning urging Americans waiting at four airport gates to “leave immediately” because of security threats.
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs tweeted: “On account of security threats at the airport, we continue to advise U.S. residents to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates. These at Abbey gate, East gate, North gate or Fresh Ministry of Interior gate will have to leave immediately.”
A State Department spokesperson said the agency would no longer address intelligence matters, but celebrated the “dynamic and volatile security situation on the ground” in Afghanistan.
Contributing: Ledyard King