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The Biden administration reportedly killed a single ISIS-K terrorist during a drone strike carried out Friday in alleged retaliation for the bombings at Kabul airport that left 13 U.S. service members dead.
“U.S. military forces conducted an over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation today against an ISIS-K planner,” U.S. Central Command announced in a statement published late Friday.
“The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties,” the statement continued.
CENTCOM Statement on Counterterrorism Strikehttps://t.co/L3UgtvPa6k
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) August 28, 2021
The strike was authorized by President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, according to an anonymous Defense Department official who spoke with the Associated Press.
Another anonymous source described only as a “U.S. official” meanwhile confirmed that the “targeted ISIS-K member “was suspected of being involved in plotting future attacks, but had no direct link to Thursday’s assault in Kabul,” as reported by Bloomberg.
From the sound of it, the Biden administration tried to make it look as if it’s actually doing something by killing a random ISIS-K “planner” who had nothing to do with Thursday’s bombings but who may or may not have been planning “future attacks.”
Despite the elimination of an ISIS-K terrorist obviously being a good thing, this particular operation drew criticism on social media.
— Gunner Knight (@TheGunnerKnight) August 28, 2021
Critics argued that former President Donald Trump would have killed far more than just one terrorist in retaliation for Thursday’s bombings:
Donald Trump would have killed hundreds of ISIS terrorists after they killed 13 U.S. soldiers. Biden only killed one. https://t.co/jQBnyLgLIC
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 28, 2021
13 U.S. soldiers were killed by an ISIS terrorist because of a situation that Biden caused and Biden responds by launching a strike that only “killed one individual”
Response needs to be significantly stronger than this weak crap. https://t.co/tvvrjAIRHd
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 28, 2021
It’s the opposite of massive retaliation.
— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) August 28, 2021
President Biden had promised in his first post-bombing speech Thursday that his administration would take down those responsible, not just some random ISIS-K members.
“For those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this, we will not forgive, we will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” he’d said.
Critics also questioned the legitimacy of Central Command’s claims.
Because of all the misinformation and contradictions coming from the Biden administration, which keeps changing its story, some suggested the elimination of this ISIS-K terrorist didn’t even really happen.
do not believe them
— Sue Forman (@SueForman) August 28, 2021
— Tonks (@DanTonkin) August 28, 2021
There isn’t a damn thing coming from this corrupt government that’s credible
— Rob Ervin (@The_AZ_Warrior) August 28, 2021
Does anyone believe this is accurate? This happened really fast and we all know that the government doesn’t work this fast under this administration.
— Amberlee (@Amberle96797807) August 28, 2021
Others wondered whether announcing the strike publicly was a wise decision given that evacuations out of Afghanistan are still ongoing.
“Probably not the greatest strategic move with so many Americans still stranded there. Our leaders need a strategy lesson,” one Twitter user wrote.
Indeed, many believe the Biden administration needs training in strategy because the administration’s strategy in Afghanistan has been a complete failure thus far.
The administration waited until the last minute to ramp up evacuations, choosing instead to just issue warnings to Americans in Afghanistan, telling them that it’d be a wise decision to leave the country.
Except that their warnings were contradicted by the president himself promising that everything would be OK — thus arguably giving those Americans still in Afghanistan false optimism that they could wait until the last minute to travel home.
The Biden Administration kept telling everyone it wouldn’t fall. This person should be nowhere near decision making. He should never be allowed in polite company again, frankly. He has failed and is blaming Americans for being left behind because they believed people like him.
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) August 26, 2021
The administration abandoned Bagram Airbase despite it being a far more secure spot than the airport in Kabul.
And the administration barred its own troops from conducting expeditions deep into Afghanistan to retrieve trapped Americans and allies.
As a result, a volunteer crew of veterans had to get the job done, reportedly with the assistance of several active-duty personnel who were willing to defy the president’s orders.
“[A]n all-volunteer group of American veterans of the Afghan war launched a final daring mission on Wednesday night dubbed the ‘Pineapple Express’ to shepherd hundreds of at-risk Afghan elite forces and their families to safety,” ABC News revealed in a stunning report published Friday.
The effort was reportedly led by retired Green Beret commander Lt. Col. Scott Mann. In a statement to ABC News, he said that the daring mission couldn’t have been successful without active-duty personnel inside the airport at Kabul defying orders.
“This Herculean effort couldn’t have been done without the unofficial heroes inside the airfield who defied their orders to not help beyond the airport perimeter, by wading into sewage canals and pulling in these targeted people who were flashing pineapples on their phones,” he said.
It seems that the only way anything substantive gets accomplished with this administration is when orders are defied.
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