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The Pentagon will continue to conduct drone strikes against ISIS militants and other targets in Afghanistan when necessary, even after the permanent withdrawal of the US military presence in the country, the spokesperson said on Tuesday. John Kirby.

The United States has launched deadly drone strikes against an individual described as an “ISIS-K planner” as well as an alleged suicide bomber with a car bomb in recent days after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks suicides that killed 13 US servicemen. Kirby has indicated that the Pentagon will use drone strikes if threats arise in the future.

“We have the ability from a horizon point of view to ensure that our national security interests are protected and defended,” Kirby said in an interview with NPR. “And what I would tell you, without going into speculation or speculating on future operations, we’re going to continue to maintain these capabilities and use them if and when we need them.”

The last US troops left Kabul airport on Monday, ending the longest military conflict in US history. Prior to the pullout, President Biden vowed to retaliate against ISIS-K for its role in the deadly attacks, warning the group that the US military will “hunt you down and make you pay.”

Kirby claimed that prolonged US military action in Afghanistan would not happen.

“The military mission in Afghanistan is over, and that includes the conclusion of the 20-year war we were waging there,” he said. “The president was very clear that he wanted to end this war. And we ended it.”

The Biden administration has come under heavy criticism from Republican lawmakers for its handling of the pullout. Terrorist attacks in Kabul have rekindled fears that a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan could serve as a safe haven for groups planning new strikes against the United States

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Biden argued that the United States can effectively combat the terrorist threat without a permanent presence in Afghanistan. Kirby said the Pentagon “does not assess that there is currently a significant threat to our national security emanating from Afghanistan.”

“But we’re not going to drop the ball here. We’re not going to take our eyes off him. We have strong capabilities on the horizon. We will continue to use them where and when we need them,” Kirby added. .


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