The action was carried out in fulfillment of President Joe Biden's promise to the nation on Thursday when he said that the perpetrators of the attack would not be able to hide. The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan issued a new alert for "security threats."
ON SATURDAY, the U.S. military struck back at the Islamic State, bombing one of its members in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members at Kabul Airport.
The U.S. Central Command said it carried out a drone strike against a member of the Islamic State in Nangahar who is believed to be involved in planning attacks in Kabul. One person was killed in the attack and spokesman Navy Capt. William Urban said he knew no civilians were killed.
The airstrike fulfilled a promise President Joe Biden made to the nation on Thursday when he said the attack perpetrators would not be able to hide. "We will hunt you down and make you pay," he said. However, Pentagon leaders told reporters Friday that they were prepared for any retaliatory action ordered by the president.
The attack, launched from outside Afghanistan, came as the airlift of evacuees from Kabul airport remained under heavily reinforced security after Thursday's episode.
Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in Kabul issued a security alert urging its citizens to immediately get out of the airport gates.
U.S. citizens who are at the door of Abbey Gate, East Gate, North Gate, or New Home Office should leave immediately. The U.S. embassy in Kabul said in a security alert.
Due to security threats at Kabul Airport, we continue to advise American citizens to avoid traveling at the airport and avoid the airport gates.
The alert did not specify what the security risks might be.
Following Thursday's attack, U.S. President Joe Biden promised retaliation. "We will not forgive. We will not forget. "We will hunt them down and pay them," he said.
On Friday afternoon, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby warned that the group had allegedly planned to attack the airlift again.
Meanwhile, the United States and its allies are rushing to evacuate as many people as possible from Afghanistan before the August 31 deadline amid deteriorating security from the Kabul airport bombing.
The countries that have completed the evacuation process so far are Canada, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Australia.
Great Britain, France, and Italy are in the final stage and plan to finish this Saturday.