A U.S. airstrike successful Afghanistan killed 2 high-profile ISIS-K targets and injured another, Major General William Taylor said Saturday astatine a property conference. Officials wouldn't merchandise the names of those killed, but described them arsenic planners and facilitators.
"The information that 2 of these individuals are nary longer walking connected the look of the earth, that's a bully thing," said Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby.
The onslaught came 1 time aft ISIS-K claimed work for the onslaught astatine Kabul's airdrome that near astatine slightest 170 dead, including 13 U.S. work members. There are inactive progressive and dynamic menace streams against the airdrome successful Kabul, according to Kirby, adjacent aft the onslaught against the ISIS-K targets.
"We aren't reasoning for a infinitesimal that what happened yesterday gets america successful the clear," Kirby said. "Not a minute. But bash we judge that we deed valid targets, atrocious guys who tin bash atrocious things and tin program atrocious missions? Absolutely. And bash we deliberation that that volition person immoderate interaction connected their quality going forward? Absolutely."
Kirby besides said Saturday that "the retrograde has begun," which means the U.S. has started its withdrawal of astir 5,000 troops from the Hamid Karzai International Airport successful Kabul.
On Friday, the U.S. subject described the unmanned airstrike arsenic an "over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation" against an ISIS-K planner. Captain Bill Urban, spokesperson for U.S. Central Command, said it took spot successful the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. "Initial indications are that we killed the target. We cognize of nary civilian casualties," helium said.
On Friday evening, the U.S. Embassy successful Kabul sent retired an alert telling radical to enactment distant from the Kabul airdrome owed to "security threats," adding that those astatine 4 of the airport's gates should "leave immediately."
"Because of information threats astatine the Kabul airport, we proceed to counsel U.S. citizens to debar traveling to the airdrome and to debar airdrome gates," the embassy wrote connected its website. "U.S. citizens who are astatine the Abbey gate, East gate, North gross oregon the New Ministry of Interior gross present should permission immediately."
A defence authoritative told CBS News connected Friday that the termination weaponry that killed 13 U.S. work members is estimated to person contained 25 pounds of precocious explosives. An mean termination vest containts just 5-10 pounds. The vest besides had shrapnel to summation its deadly effects.