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U.S. begins troop withdrawal from Kabul; hits Islamic State with drone assault By Reuters

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© Reuters. U.S. service members help at an Evacuation Management Verify Level (ECC) throughout an evacuation at Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 26, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Employees Sgt. Victor Mancilla/Handout by way of REUTERS

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(Reuters) -President Joe Biden warned on Saturday that one other militant assault was extremely seemingly as U.S. troops started leaving Kabul airport after a two-week scramble by Washington and its allies to evacuate residents and at-risk Afghans.

As Washington neared the tip of its navy involvement within the nation with the Taliban militants it ousted 20 years in the past again in energy, the US mentioned it killed two Islamic State militants planning assaults in Afghanistan after a lethal suicide bombing exterior the airport on Thursday.

American officers additionally warned of a excessive threat of further assaults by the group – enemies of each the West and Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers – as U.S. forces wind up their mission earlier than a Tuesday deadline set by Biden.

The U.S. president mentioned the state of affairs on the bottom remained “extraordinarily harmful” and that navy commanders had instructed him an assault was extremely seemingly within the subsequent 24 to 36 hours.

After Thursday’s blast that killed scores of Afghans and 13 American troops, probably the most deadly incident https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/didnt-need-happen-pentagon-seeks-answers-deadly-attack-2021-08-28 for U.S. service members in Afghanistan in a decade, Biden vowed to seek out the perpetrators. He mentioned Friday’s strike was not the final.

“We’ll proceed to seek out any particular person concerned in that heinous assault and make them pay,” he mentioned.

The Taliban condemned https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taliban-condemn-us-drone-attack-prepare-set-up-new-afghan-government-2021-08-28 the in a single day U.S. drone strike, which passed off in Nangarhar Province, an jap space that borders Pakistan.

“The Individuals ought to have knowledgeable us earlier than conducting the air strike. It was a transparent assault on Afghan territory,” a Taliban spokesman instructed Reuters, including that two girls and a baby had been wounded within the assault.

The Taliban have mentioned they’ve arrested some suspects concerned within the airport blast.

Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid additionally mentioned the Taliban would take over the airport “very quickly”, after U.S. forces withdraw, and announce a full cupboard within the coming days.

The Western-backed authorities and Afghan military melted away because the hardline Islamist militants entered the capital on Aug. 15, leaving an administrative vacuum that has bolstered fears of a monetary collapse and widespread starvation.

Mujahid instructed Reuters the group had appointed governors and police chiefs in all however one in all Afghanistan’s 34 provinces and would act to unravel the nation’s financial issues.

A U.S. official instructed Reuters on Saturday there have been fewer than 4,000 troops left on the airport, down from 5,800 on the peak of the evacuation mission. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby (NYSE:) later confirmed to reporters that the withdrawal had begun however declined to say what number of service members remained.

Thursday’s suicide blast, claimed by (ISIS-Okay https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/what-is-islamic-state-afghanistan-2021-08-26), the Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, brought about a massacre exterior the gates of the airport – the place 1000’s of Afghans have gathered to attempt to get a flight out for the reason that Taliban returned to energy.

The U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001 overthrew the then-ruling Taliban as punishment for harboring the al Qaeda militants behind the Sept. 11 assaults that 12 months.

The Taliban, going through the lack of billions of {dollars} of assist for the nation, appealed to the US and different Western nations to take care of diplomatic relations after their withdrawal; Britain mentioned that ought to solely occur if the Taliban enable secure passage for many who need to go away and respect human rights.

DANGEROUS FINAL DAYS

The White Home mentioned the following few days had been more likely to be probably the most harmful https://www.reuters.com/world/us/advisers-warned-biden-significant-danger-ahead-afghan-mission-official-2021-08-27 of the evacuation operation. America and allies have taken about 113,500 folks out of Afghanistan previously two weeks, it mentioned.

U.S. navy and allied nations’ flights carried fewer folks on Saturday as Washington ready to finish its mission.

With one other assault towards Kabul airport a close to certainty, in response to U.S. officers, the State Division reiterated its warning to Individuals to right away go away the world as a consequence of “a selected, credible risk”, together with the South gate, new Ministry of Inside, and gate close to Panjshir petrol station.

The final British flight https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/britain-end-evacuation-afghanistan-saturday-2021-08-28 evacuating civilians from Afghanistan left Kabul on Saturday. British troops would take small numbers of Afghan residents with them as they go away this weekend, a protection ministry spokesperson mentioned. Armed forces chief Nick Carter mentioned a whole bunch of people that had labored with Britain wouldn’t make it by way of.

Within the Pentagon’s strike on militant suspects in Nangarhar, a U.S. official mentioned on Friday that an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned plane flown from the Center East focused an Islamic State militant who was planning assaults and was in a automobile with an affiliate.

Residents of Jalalabad, the provincial capital, mentioned they’d heard a number of explosions round midnight and neighborhood elder Malik Adib mentioned three folks had been killed and 4 had been wounded in an air strike, including that he had been summoned by the Taliban investigating the incident.

“Ladies and kids are among the many victims,” mentioned Adib, although he didn’t have details about their id.

The U.S. navy mentioned in a press release that it knew of no civilian casualties.

Whereas Kabul’s airport has been in chaos, the remainder of town has been typically calm. The Taliban have instructed residents handy over authorities tools together with weapons and autos inside per week, the group’s spokesman mentioned.

The airport assault added gas to criticism Biden confronted at residence and overseas for the chaos after Afghanistan’s authorities and navy collapsed earlier than a lightning Taliban advance. He has defended his selections, saying the US way back achieved its rationale for invading in 2001.