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Kabul assaults pull bitter adversary Islamic State again into US sights

WASHINGTON: US army commanders vowed to “go after” Islamic State following Thursday’s (Aug 26) suicide bomb assault on Kabul airport claimed by the militant group, at the same time as US forces continued evacuations from Afghanistan.

“The assault on the Abbey gate was adopted by various ISIS gunmen who opened fireplace on civilians and army forces,” Marine Common Frank McKenzie of US Central Command informed reporters on the Pentagon.

Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-Okay), an affiliate of militants who beforehand battled US forces in Syria and Iraq, claimed accountability for the assault, which killed dozens of individuals – together with Afghans who had been making an attempt to go away the nation and not less than a dozen US service members.

In claiming accountability, Islamic State stated a suicide bomber “managed to succeed in a big gathering of translators and collaborators with the American military at ‘Baran Camp’ close to Kabul Airport and detonated his explosive belt amongst them, killing about 60 folks and wounding greater than 100 others, together with Taliban fighters.”

A Taliban official informed Reuters the group arrested an ISIS fighter on the airport a couple of days in the past and underneath interrogation, he informed them about plans for assaults. In response, the Taliban stated it postponed gatherings in public locations and suggested its prime leaders to not collect.

ISIS-Okay is a sworn enemy of the Taliban. However US intelligence officers consider the motion used the instability that led to the collapse of Afghanistan’s Western-backed authorities this month to strengthen its place and step up recruitment of disenfranchised Taliban members.

“NOBLE MISSION”

McKenzie vowed that evacuations would proceed. 1000’s of US troops have deployed to Kabul’s airport to conduct a large airlift of US residents, Afghans who helped US forces and others who concern for his or her freedom and security now that the Taliban has seized energy in Afghanistan.

“We now have put greater than 5,000 US service members in danger to save lots of as many civilians as we are able to. It is a noble mission. And at the moment, we have now seen firsthand how harmful that mission is,” McKenzie stated. “ISIS is not going to deter us from conducting the mission, I can guarantee you of that.”

He warned extra assaults had been anticipated, though the army was doing every thing attainable to organize.

“If we are able to discover who’s related to this, we’ll go after them. We have been clear all alongside that we’ll retain the suitable to function in opposition to ISIS in Afghanistan,” he stated. “We’re working very laborious proper now to find out attribution, to find out who’s related to this cowardly assault, and we’re ready to take motion in opposition to them.”

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