Statement | Aug. 29, 2021

UPDATE: U.S. Central Command statement on defensive strike in Kabul

By U.S. Central Command Public Affairs U.S. Central Command Communication Integration

We are aware of reports of civilian casualties following our strike on a vehicle in Kabul today.

We are still assessing the results of this strike, which we know disrupted an imminent ISIS-K threat to the airport. We know that there were substantial and powerful subsequent explosions resulting from the destruction of the vehicle, indicating a large amount of explosive material inside that may have caused additional casualties. It is unclear what may have happened, and we are investigating further.

We would be deeply saddened by any potential loss of innocent life.

- Capt. Bill Urban, USN, U.S. Central Command Spokesman