The United States says it carried out a military strike on Sunday against an “imminent threat from ISIS-K” at the Kabul airport, an event that comes in the final days of a huge humanitarian evacuation mission.
The Pentagon confirmed the airstrike after several news organizations reported an explosion in a residential neighborhood near the airport. A US official said the airstrike hit a vehicle that included a suicide bomber.
“US. Military forces carried out an unmanned aerial attack on the self-defense horizon today against a vehicle in Kabul, eliminating an imminent threat from ISIS-K to Hamad Karzai International Airport,” the Central Command spokesperson wrote in a statement. of the United States, Navy Capt. Bill Urban.
“We are confident that we successfully achieved the goal. Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material, ”he added.
There were no known civilian casualties after the attack The latest attack follows a drone strike on Friday that killed two high-profile ISIS-K members believed to be involved in planning strikes against US forces in Kabul. Army Major General William Taylor said there are no known civilian casualties after the attack.
Friday’s attack came less than two days after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive near the gates of Kabul airport, killing 13 US servicemen The White House said Sunday that the president and first lady will meet with the families of the fallen and observe a dignified transfer of the remains at Dover Air Force Base.
A dignified transfer is a solemn process in which the remains of fallen service members are transported from an airplane to a waiting vehicle. A dignified transfer is made for every US service member Killed in Action.