The Taliban mentioned they captured two members of the Islamic State affiliate answerable for the suicide bombing outdoors the airport of Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed 13 U.S. service members Thursday.
“They’re below investigation,” Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, advised the Washington Submit. Neither the identities of the folks nor different particulars about their arrest had been made out there.
The alleged seize is the newest retaliation towards ISIS-Ok, which claimed duty for Thursday’s explosion in Kabul. Late Friday, the Pentagon introduced that the U.S. army carried out a strike towards a “planner” of the ISIS-Ok terrorist group in Nangahar Province, Afghanistan. Main Gen. Hank Taylor, who’s the deputy director of the Joint Workers For Regional Operations, confirmed Saturday that two “high-profile ISIS targets had been killed and one was wounded” within the airstrike.
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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby added that it was “a superb factor for the folks of Afghanistan and it is a good factor for our troops” that the ISIS members had been killed. Officers wouldn’t identify the terrorists who had been killed within the strike, Kirby mentioned, and the Pentagon declined to say whether or not they had been immediately concerned within the suicide assault.
13 U.S. service members had been killed within the suicide bombing, whereas one other 18 had been injured. An estimated complete of 170 folks died within the blast.
American officers vowed to retaliate within the explosion’s fast aftermath, with Central Command Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie saying Thursday afternoon that the USA “will go after” the perpetrators.
President Joe Biden individually promised to hunt them down in a speech Thursday night.
“We’re outraged, in addition to heartbroken,” Biden mentioned. “To those that carried out this assault, in addition to anybody who needs America hurt, know this: We is not going to forgive, we is not going to neglect, we’ll hunt you down and make you pay.”
U.S. forces are persevering with to evacuate Americans and others forward of the Biden administration’s Tuesday withdrawal deadline. Roughly 6,800 folks had been evacuated from Kabul between 3 a.m. EDT on Friday and the identical time the subsequent day, in accordance with the Pentagon.
In line with a State Division spokesperson, at the very least 5,400 U.S. residents have been evacuated from Afghanistan since Aug. 14 as of Saturday, whereas some 350 are looking for to go away the nation.