‘Two high-profile’ IS members killed, one wounded after US strikes in retaliation for Kabul airport bombing: Pentagon


WASHINGTON (WJW/AP) — The Pentagon says two Islamic State group members were killed in a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, not one as initially reported.

The update comes from Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby and Army Maj. Gen. William “Hank” Taylor at a briefing.

The attack Saturday local time in Afghanistan came amid what the White House called indications that IS planned to strike again as the U.S.-led evacuation from Kabul airport moved into its final days.

Biden has set Tuesday as his deadline for completing the exit.

Kirby says “it was a single mission to get these targets and as the assessments and information flowed over time, we were able to recognize that another was killed as well and one wounded.”

The United States military says this strike was in retaliation for a suicide bombing claimed by IS that killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at Kabul airport Thursday.

In the press conference, Taylor gave an update of the last 24 hours:

• 32 U.S. military aircraft departed Kabul airport with approximately 4,000 people
• 34 coalition aircraft departed with an additional 2,800 people
• 66 flights left Kabul airport with approximately 6,800 evacuees bringing the total to more than 117,000 evacuees, the vast majority are Afghans and about 5,400 are American citizens.
• 1,400 are cleared in security and set to leave today.

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