U.S. conducts drone strike on ISIS-Okay ‘planner’ as evacuation from Afghanistan continues


As could be anticipated, the Division of Protection made no touch upon what different operations could be within the offing or some other potential ISIS-Okay targets. On Saturday morning, CNN reported {that a} protection official  advised them the planner was “related to potential future assaults on the airport.” The goal was within the Jalalabad area. It’s not clear how many individuals truly died within the drone assault, however the DOD claims they waited till the goal’s spouse and kids weren’t within the space earlier than making the assault.

President Biden said that the U.S. would strike again towards these concerned within the airport bombing “on our personal time,” however apparently that point was inside 24 hours when it got here to the strike towards the ISIS-Okay planner. Whether or not the person concerned was linked to the explosion that took the lives of 11 Marines, in addition to one member every from the Navy and Military, isn’t clear. Nevertheless, Biden’s promise that the U.S. “will hunt you down and make you pay” appears to be in impact. 

Even on the day of the bombing, the US and allied forces resumed evacuations from HKAIA. As of Friday, the White Home studies {that a} complete of 111,900 individuals have been evacuated from Afghanistan since August 14. That features 6,800 individuals evacuated on Friday.

That Friday quantity is down from the 12,500 evacuated on Thursday. That’s in flip decrease than the quantity on Wednesday, which was decrease than the 21,000 peak reached on Tuesday. The decline in numbers doesn’t seem like associated to a scarcity of accessible flights, however to elevated safety and a declining variety of individuals remaining to evacuate.

In a Friday press briefing, White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned everybody ought to count on a discount in numbers. “These numbers will go down within the subsequent couple of days,” mentioned Psaki, “and it’s best to anticipate that. That may be a results of the retrograde course of that should happen, but in addition, I’ll be aware that, in fact, power safety is entrance and middle and is significant to the mission.”

On Friday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price mentioned that about 300 Individuals have been evacuated on that day, and that “There are roughly 500 Americans we’re presently working with who wish to go away and with whom we’re speaking on to facilitate their evacuations.”

The State Division says it’s persevering with an “aggressive outreach marketing campaign” utilizing telephone calls, textual content messages, electronic mail, and “different instruments” in an try to achieve these Individuals, in addition to others who’ve beforehand not decided in the event that they wish to go away. “Final evening alone, we reached out to each American whom we consider could also be in Afghanistan and making an attempt to go away,” mentioned Value. “In lots of circumstances, we did this once more a number of instances by telephone, by electronic mail, by textual content.”

There appears little doubt that regardless of how lengthy the U.S. stays in Kabul, will probably be attainable to search out somebody who later says they wished to get out and couldn’t. And when that particular person is discovered, it’s inevitable that Republicans will scream loudly that President Biden failed in his promise to get everybody out who wished to go away. Nevertheless, it does appear that each the DOD and State Division are reaching out in each method attainable, and it unclear what obstacles are in the best way of those that haven’t but made preparations to depart.

In response to questions, Value mentioned that the U.S. has additionally been making an outreach to “1000’s upon 1000’s” of Afghans who’ve utilized for Particular Immigrant Visas (SIVs).  He additionally said that the State Division has evacuated the vast majority of locals who labored for that division in Kabul.

Saturday, Aug 28, 2021 · 3:46:45 PM +00:00

Mark Sumner

In a briefing on Saturday, Military Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor and Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed that two “excessive profile ISIS targets” have been killed and a 3rd wounded. “We all know of no civilian causalities.”

In response to Taylor, there are 1,400 individuals on the Kabul airport who’ve been screened and can quickly be departing. 66 flights ignored of Kabul within the final 24 hours. The entire evacuation is presently 117,000, together with 5,400 Americans.

Saturday, Aug 28, 2021 · 3:49:55 PM +00:00

Mark Sumner

Within the Saturday briefing, the DOD detailed how one command is engaged in aid efforts in Haiti, one other busy bringing Afghan evacuees to the U.S., and a 3rd working with FEMA to arrange for Hurricane Ida. That’s … a schedule.