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U.S. Strike Kills Two ISIS-K Militants in Retaliation for Airport Attack
Officials said two ISIS-K militants were killed and another was wounded in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, in retaliation for a bombing at Kabul’s airport which killed scores of people, including 13 American troops. Officials declined to say whether the targets were specifically involved in the airport attack.
Yesterday, U.S. military forces conducted an over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation against an ISIS-K planner and facilitator. The airstrike occurred in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. I can confirm as more information has come in that two high-profile ISIS targets were killed and one was wounded, and we know of zero civilian casualties. Without specifying any future plans, I will say that we will continue to have the ability to defend ourselves and to leverage over-the-horizon capability to conduct counterterrorism operations, as needed. Does that mean they were involved directly in the Kabul airport attack? They were ISIS-K planners and facilitators, and that’s enough reason there alone. I won’t speak to the details of these individuals or what their specific roles might be. What is your conclusion about what the impact of this strike actually has been? They have two… They have two high-profile planners or facilita… One planner, one facilitator, that are no longer on their muster roll. So they have lost some capability to plan and to conduct missions. The threat stream is still active, still dynamic. We’re still laser-focused on that and force protection. And we aren’t thinking for a minute that what happened yesterday gets us in the clear. Not a minute, but do we believe that we hit valid targets, bad guys who can do bad things and can plan bad missions? Absolutely. And do we think that that will have some impact on their ability going forward? Absolutely.
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