Sunday, the U.S. over-the-horizon airstrike destroyed an ISIS-K vehicle heading for the Kabul airport.
United States Central Command (Centcom) spokesman Captin. Bill Urban made the confirmation announcement:
“U.S. military forces conducted a self-defense unmanned over-the-horizon airstrike today on a vehicle in Kabul, eliminating an imminent ISIS-K threat to Hamad Karzai International airport. We are confident we successfully hit the target, ” he said.
AP reports two American military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss military operations, labeled the mission successful, stating the vehicle carried multiple bombers.
The drone strike was called an action taken in “self-defense” by U.S. Navy Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for Centcom. He told AP authorities continued “assessing the possibilities of civilian casualties, though we have no indications at this time.”
“We are confident we successfully hit the target,” Urban said. “Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material.”
Earlier, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said in a message to journalists that the U.S. strike targeted a suicide bomber in a vehicle loaded with explosives. Mujahid offered other details.
As Breitbart News reported, several news sources early on Sunday indicated a rocket attack and subsequent explosion hitting a building near Kabul’s main international airport.
The strike came just hours after U.S. officials warned of the possibility of an attack.