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Military carries out strike in Kabul as slain service members are returned to U.S.

President Biden traveled to Dover, Del., on Aug. 29, 2021 to attend the dignified transfer of 13 U.S. service members killed in a bombing at Kabul airport. (Video: The Washington Post)

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The U.S. military carried out a strike Sunday on a vehicle that posed an “imminent” Islamic State threat to Kabul’s international airport, an official said, as the remains of 13 slain service members arrived at Dover Air Force Base.

The second U.S. strike on an Islamic State target in the aftermath of last week’s suicide bombing at the airport, which killed the troops and at least 170 others, comes as evacuation efforts are winding to a close.

President Biden spoke to relatives of the slain U.S. troops and participated in a “dignified transfer” — in which the remains of fallen service members are returned to the United States in flag-draped cases.

Here’s what to know:

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied that the United States has given a “kill list” of American citizens and Afghan allies to the Taliban, pushing back on such allegations as “simply wrong.”
  • A U.S. strike on a target a mile from the Kabul airport killed civilians, including children, according to officials in Afghanistan.
  • France and Britain plan to seek a resolution by the United Nations to designate a safe zone in Kabul to protect those who are trying to leave Afghanistan.
  • The Biden administration has not made a final decision about what a future presence in Kabul might look like.
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Here's what to know:

Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied that the United States has given a “kill list” of American citizens and Afghan allies to the Taliban, pushing back on such allegations as “simply wrong.”
A U.S. strike on a target a mile from the Kabul airport killed civilians, including children, according to officials in Afghanistan.
France and Britain plan to seek a resolution by the United Nations to designate a safe zone in Kabul to protect those who are trying to leave Afghanistan.
The Biden administration has not made a final decision about what a future presence in Kabul might look like.

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