UPDATED 9:32 AM PT – Saturday, August 28, 2021
The U.S. military conducted a drone strike that reportedly killed an ISIS-K planner. In a statement on Friday, U.S. Central Command said initial reports indicated that an unmanned airstrike in the Nangarhar Province killed its target, which was an ISIS-K member. There is no known civilian casualties.
The over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation comes after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing outside the Kabul airport that took the lives of 13 U.S. service members. Following the attack, Joe Biden vowed “we will hunt you down and make you pay.”
I will defend our people and our interests with every measure at my command.
To those who carried out this attack: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. pic.twitter.com/E9ji6WaL6t
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 27, 2021
In the meantime, the U.S. military has yet to comment on whether the target was directly connected to Thursday’s terror attack. Additionally, Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor warned Americans to stay away from the Kabul airport.
“Because of security threats at the Kabul airport, we continue to advise U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates.”