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Kabul Blast: US claims IS planner killed in drone strike in Eastern Afghanistan

KABUL:  US Central Command Spokesman Capt. Bill Urban has informed that US military forces had conducted an over-the-horizon counter-terrorism operation today against IS-Khorasan planner. 

“The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties,” Capt. Bill Urban stated. It is quite obvious that the US drone attack was against those IS-K terrorists who had claimed responsibility for the Thursday (26th of August, 2021) suicide-bombing that claimed 90 lives including that of 13 US troops.

US President Joe Biden had warned that the terrorists who carried out the attack would be hunt down: “To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive!” It is pertinent to mention here that the attacked that killed 13 US troops was the deadliest in Afghanistan since 2001 when US and allied forces invaded Afghanistan.

It is pertinent to recall here that a suicide bomber, belonging to the Afghan branch of Islamic State (IS), detonated his suicide vests outside Abbey Gate (the main entrance to the Hamid Karzai Int’l Airport) here on Thursday (26th of August, 2021) killing 90 people including 13 US troops (12 marines and a Navy medic), injuring 150.

IS had claimed responsibility for the explosion. While Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claiming that they had not not suffered any casualties as “the incident took place in an area that is controlled by US forces”, their are reports that 28 Taliban lost their lives in the twin suicide attacks.  It is pertinent to mention here that shortly before the blasts US officials asked people to stay away from the area as they had intelligence about the attack. Furthermore, after the blasts a gunfight was also reported around the Hamid Karzai Airport.

Earlier, John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary/Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, took to the twitter to inform about a powerful explosion that occurred outside Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport: “We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby stated.

British PM Boris Johnson is due to chair an emergency Cobr meeting although there is no report of any British Civil or Military casualty. British Ministry of Defence Press Office has stated by means of the Twitter: “We are working urgently to establish what has happened in Kabul and its impact on the ongoing evacuation effort.

“Our primary concern remains the safety of our personnel, British citizens and the citizens of Afghanistan. We are in close contact with our US and other NATO allies at an operational level on the immediate response to this incident. We are working urgently to establish what has happened in Kabul and its impact on the ongoing evacuation effort.”

Earlier, on Wed 25th of August, US diplomatic mission in Afghanistan had informed the US citizens to leave the area posthaste due to security threats. It may be recalled that afraid of the Taliban regime an enormous number of people (men, women and children) had thronged the airport in order to bolt from the country. | YouTube Channel

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.