The US military has announced it has killed a “planner” for ISIS-K, the Afghanistan affiliate of the Islamic State terrorist group which carried out Thursday’s horrifying suicide bombing terrorist attack at Kabul airport killing 13 US troops and at least 90 civilian Afghans.
The unnamed “ISIS-K planner” was killed by a drone strike on Friday, the US Central Command has revealed – in an apparent show of force and resolve on part of the Biden administration as it has proven to be lacking both.
ISIS-K, short for ISIS-Khorasan (after the historic name of an ancient Persian region encompassing Afghanistan and Northeast Iran) is made up of former Taliban who in 2014 pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).
It is deemed more radical than the Taliban and a rival of the global Islamist terrorist network al-Qaeda.
Swift retaliation – except it’s not clear if the target was involved in Thursday’s attack
US CENTCOM spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said the ISIS-K operative was killed in “an over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation” in Nangarhar Province in Eastern Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan.
Urban said “initial indications” show “we killed the targets” and that there are no known civilian casualties.
According to a Fox News report, the US drone destroyed a vehicle transporting the ISIS-K leader who was traveling together with “an associate.”
The assassinated operative is said to be “carrying out future attacks,” the report said.
Friday’s drone attack appears to be a quick demonstration, and hopefully an impactful one, of the political will of the Biden administration as the sleepy Democrat president promised a decisive retaliation to the Kabul airport terrorist bombing – for which he himself is the most to blame.
Yet, it has not become clear at all whether the ISIS-K “planner” who was just taken out by the US military near the border with Pakistan had anything to do with the planning and execution of Thursday’s attack at Kabul airport – that claimed the lives of 13 US service personnel and wounded 20 others, not to mention the hundreds of Afghans who were killer of wounded.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, Pentagon leaders said the US military was ready to take any kind of retaliatory action that the president might order.
Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor from the Joint Staff said that “we have options there right now,” as cited by AP.
The drone strikes comes against the backdrop of Friday’s warning for Joe Biden that another bloody terrorist attack at Kabul airport could be expected in the final days of the botched evacuation of foreigners and Western-allied Afghans through airport, which is controlled by 5,200 troops.
Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday of a “grim” picture of the situation on the ground painted to Biden by his national security team.
The ugly, outrageous reality is that the grim picture – which has since developed into an apocalypse-type scenario and is spiraling off further – was painted by Biden himself when he, aided by his liberal leftist staffers, went on an unbelievably incompetent US withdrawal, whose ramifications will plague the United States for decades to come.