The Pentagon in the US said that they are bracing for the possibility of further threats against the airport in Kabul after Thursday’s bombing.
The the airport in Kabul, where hordes of Afghanistan’s citizens have rushed after the Taliban takeover, witnessed a suicide bombing and an assault by a gunman on Thursday that led to the death of (up until this moment) over 100 people; 13 being US service members and about 90 Afghans.
The Islamic State’s chapter at the Khorasan province claimed the attack at the airport.
US President Joe Biden pledged retaliation against the ISKP attacks, directly addressing the Khorasan terrorist faction and promising to “hunt” them down and make them “pay”.
“I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command,” Biden said.
The attack, according to the Wall Street Journal, “marked the deadliest day for the U.S. military in Afghanistan since 2011.”
In retaliation to the attack, US forces carried out a controlled demolition of their own CIA located near the Kabul airport as a way to prevent the Taliban from collecting equipment or information.
US forces also conducted a counterterrorism operation against an ISKP the U.S. Central Command, said in a statement on Friday.
“The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan,” Captain Urban, spokesperson for the U.S. Central Command said.
“Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties.”