Pentagon to hold press briefing after US strikes against ISIS in retaliation for Kabul airport bombing
WASHINGTON (WJW/AP) — The Pentagon says two members of the Islamic State group were killed in a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, not one as originally reported.
The update comes from Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby and Army Maj. Gen. William “Hank” Taylor during a briefing.
Saturday’s local time attack in Afghanistan came amid what the White House said were indications that ISIS was planning to strike again as the US-led evacuation of the Kabul airport was entering its final days.
Biden set his deadline on Tuesday to complete the exit.
Kirby says “it was a single mission to hit these targets and as assessments and information flowed we were able to recognize that one other was also killed and another injured.”
The US military said the strike was in retaliation for an IS-claimed suicide bombing that killed up to 169 Afghans and 13 US servicemen at Kabul airport on Thursday.
During the press conference, Taylor gave an update on the past 24 hours:
• 32 US military planes left Kabul airport with about 4,000 people
• 34 coalition planes left with 2,800 additional people
• 66 flights left Kabul airport with approximately 6,800 evacuees bringing the total to over 117,000 evacuees, the vast majority are Afghans and approximately 5,400 are US citizens.
• 1,400 have made it through to safety and are due to leave today.
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