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US drone strike ‘kills’ ISIS-K planner in Afghanistan: Live

The United States has announced that it carried out a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan against a “planner” of an ISIL-affiliated group, a day after an attack outside Kabul’s airport that killed at least 175 people and 13 US troops.

“The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. Initial indications are that we killed the target,” Captain Bill Urban of the US Central Command said in a statement.

“We know of no civilian casualties,” he added in a statement announcing the first reported US strike since the attack.

Thursday’s attack was claimed by ISIL (ISIS) offshoot in Afghanistan – the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (also known as ISIS-K).

The news comes as the US forces helping to evacuate Afghans desperate to flee Taliban rule issued an alert on Saturday of possible attacks at Kabul airport.

The US Embassy in Kabul also warned Americans who remain in Afghanistan to leave Hamid Karzai International Airport gates “immediately” citing security threats.

Earlier, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Friday that the US believed there are still “specific, credible” threats against the airport.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford, reporting from Kabul, said evacuations have resumed.

“We have seen a number of planes take off. The number of people around the airport has grown dramatically since yesterday,” he said.

Here are the latest updates:


Most of new Afghan refugees ‘likely’ to end up in Iran, Pakistan

Most of the new Afghan refugees fleeing the country following the takeover of the Taliban are likely to end up in Iran and Pakistan, a refugee group said.

Hardin Lang of Refugees International in the US told Al Jazeera on Saturday that “very difficult weeks and months are coming ahead” for the refugees as they try to escape the country.

He pointed out that Iran and Pakistan already host 2.2 million refugees from Afghanistan before the current crisis erupted.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR earlier said that up to half a million Afghans could flee in a “worst-case scenario”.


US drone strike kills ISIS-K ‘planner’ in eastern Afghanistan

The United States has announced that it carried out a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan against a “planner” of an ISIL-affiliated group, a day after an attack outside Kabul’s airport that killed at least 175 people and 13 US troops.

“Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties,” a US military statement said late on Friday.

Thursday’s deadly attack was claimed by ISIL (ISIS) offshoot in Afghanistan – the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP ( also known as ISIS-K).

US President Joe Biden earlier vowed to retaliate against the attack in Kabul, confirming that the bombings were carried out by ISKP (ISIS-K).

“We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command,” he said.

CENTCOM Statement on Counterterrorism Strikehttps://t.co/L3UgtvPa6k

— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) August 28, 2021


US Embassy in Kabul warns Americans to avoid airport

Americans should avoid traveling to the Kabul airport because of security threats, and those at the Abbey, East, North or Ministry of Interior gates should “leave immediately”, the US Embassy said in a statement on its website.


US says it evacuated 4,200 people in 12 hours

The US says it has evacuated approximately 4,200 people in 12 hours on Friday, following the deadly suicide attack near the airport in Kabul on Thursday.

“Since August 14, the US has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of approximately 109,200 people,” the White House said in a statement. “Since the end of July, we have re-located approximately 114,800 people.”


France ends its evacuation operation

France has ended its evacuation operation in Kabul, government ministers announced late on Friday, citing the “security conditions” and looming withdrawal of US troops by the end of the month.

“In exceptionally difficult circumstances, France evacuated nearly 3,000 people,” a joint statement by Defence Minister Florence Parly and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

The ministers added that Paris will continue to help the people of Afghanistan “by all possible means”. They said they will work with Taliban officials to ensure that departures from the country are not impeded after August 31.


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