Kabul is in disarray after the collapse of Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban’s takeover, bringing America’s two-decade conflict to a close where it began: under Taliban control.
According to officials, ISIS-K conducted a “complex attack” on Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday, killing thirteen American military personnel and wounding 20, as well as scores of Afghan casualties.
President Joe Biden warned of the dangers of ground attacks in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos last week at the White House.
US begins its troops’ withdrawal from Kabul airport
According to Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby, the US has begun its troop’s withdrawal from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International airport.
Kirby added that they have begun gun retrograding, using the military term for the withdrawal of the airport’s 5,000 troops. He didn’t say anything more about the withdrawal operation, which is set to end on August 31.
Friday’s airstrike Kills 2 ISIS high-profile targets
Maj. Gen. William Taylor said during a Pentagon briefing Saturday that two ISIS high-profile targets were killed in Friday night’s “over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation” attack in Nangarhar Province. Another was injured, and no civilian casualties were reported, he added. The names of the ISIS targets will not be released.