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The United States carried out a drone attack on an ISIS-K “planner” in eastern Afghanistan. Fatal attack At the Kabul airport on Thursday, countries are doing their best to evacuate thousands of Afghans who are trying to flee.
The U.S. Central Command stated on Friday night that the U.S. military conducted an “out-of-the-horizon counter-terrorism operation” in Nangarhar Province. “The initial sign is that we killed the target,” a spokesperson said. “We know that there were no civilian casualties.”
The US move came after a new warning issued by senior US security officials that another terrorist attack may occur in Kabul, just a few days before the deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan on Tuesday.
Isis-K, The Afghan branch of the terrorist organization Isis, Claimed responsibility for the attack that killed more than 100 Afghan civilians and at least 13 U.S. military personnel this week.
Thousands of people are still waiting to be evacuated at the airport, although their hope of leaving is fading as countries carry out final evacuation flights and Taliban fighters reject eligible evacuees.
Many of them have worked with or associated with foreign powers or organizations. They are Imminent danger International humanitarian organizations say that if they are left behind, they will be retaliated by the Taliban.
British Chief of Staff Nick Carter told the BBC that Britain will complete its evacuation on Saturday. “We failed to bring everyone out,” he said. “This is heartbreaking. Some very challenging judgments must be made on the ground.”
The British government says there may be as many as 1,100 Afghans eligible to travel Left behind, Even though opposition lawmakers said the real number is much higher. Other countries including Italy, Canada and the Netherlands have completed their evacuation operations.
Locals say that few Afghan citizens can now pass through the checkpoints set up by the Taliban to control access to the airport. Although there are passages to leave, militants keep them away.
On Thursday, a man in his 30s, his wife and two young daughters boarded a chartered bus to take the evacuees to Europe to the airport, but were eventually trapped in the chaos after the terrorist attack For 36 hours.
“There are no toilets, proper food, meals and water,” the man said. “Anything we have is shared with each other.”
When a Taliban fighter boarded the bus on Friday night, the bus had passed the first Taliban checkpoint at the entrance of the airport. “He asked us,’Why are you leaving my brothers? Who are you afraid of? Please go home, the country needs you.”
Only foreign citizens on the bus are allowed to pass. The man and his family are now returning home to wait for another evacuation attempt, although their hopes are fading.
US officials said that since the end of June, about 114,800 people have been evacuated, including more than 12,000 on Friday. But they added that more than 5,000 people are still waiting to be evacuated at Kabul Airport.
U.S. Embassy in Kabul Reiterate the appeal on Friday Citizens avoid going to the airport of the Afghan capital and leave any entrances “immediately”.
The Taliban now claim to control some gates at Kabul Airport, although the Pentagon denies this.
Additional report by Fazelminallah Qazizai in Kabul