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US drone strikes IS target near Jalalabad, 3 killed; Terrorists plan more airport attacks: Intel
The US military in retaliation to the bomb attack at Kabul airport which killed 13 American soldiers, struck an IS-K location near Jalalabad close to Pakistan border killing three of the hardcore terrorists on Friday midnight. The drone airstrike was operated from a West Asian base. As the massive US-led evacuation is winding down ahead of an August 31 deadline and many allies have completed their mission, the Taliban on Saturday began taking control of the airport, setting up new checkpoints.

Meanwhile, there is further Intel report that the IS-K is planning more bomb attacks at the Kabul airport. It could be more destructive this time. The US has asked its citizens at the airport to leave immediately.

NEW DELHI, Aug 28: The US military, in retaliation to the bomb attack at Kabul airport which killed 13 American soldiers and 79 Afghan civilians Thursday, struck an Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) hideout near Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan bordering Pakistan killing three of their leaders who had plotted the airport attack, at midnight on Friday.

The unmanned drone airstrike was carried out in the eastern Nangarhar province. Residents of Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar, said they had heard several explosions from an air strike around midnight, reports said.

US officials said another attack against the Kabul airport was a near certainty, and there were fears that it could be more destructive than Thursday’s attack. Americans were advised to avoid the airport and those at the gates were told to leave immediately.

The IS-K had claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing and gunfire at the airport. Hours before the bomb attack the US had warned the foreigners around the airport to leave quickly as the intelligence reports said the terrorists were about to strike. Following the bombing, in an address to the nation, Biden had vowed to avenge the killings of American soldiers and instructed the military command to act freely to hunt the culprits down.

"The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. Initial indications are that we killed the target," said Captain Bill Urban of the Central Command. "We know of no civilian casualties," he added in a statement. The strike was carried out from a West Asian base.

On Friday afternoon Pentagon spokesman John Kirby had said they believed the terror group planned to strike the airport again.

Meanwhile, the evacuation process continued at the airport as the deadline of August 31 was approaching fast. The Taliban deployed extra forces on Saturday around Kabul airport to prevent large crowds and take over as the US evacuation is winding down.

“We are departing by August 31. Upon that date, we are delivering — we’re essentially giving the airport back to the Afghan people,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Friday.

Reacting to the airport attack US President Joe Biden had vowed retaliation."To those who carried out this attack as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay," Biden had said on Thursday.

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