The spokesperson for the US National Security Council claims that President Biden’s decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan is justified in light of the Taliban’s execution of an ISIS-K leader, demonstrating the potency of the US military’s “Over-the-Horizon capabilities.”
The US National Security Council spokesman, John Kirby, has claimed that the Taliban’s killing of the Islamic State group leader responsible for the August 2021 attack on Abbey Gate, which killed 13 US service members, supports President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan. Kirby stated that the incident proved that the US did not need boots on the ground to go after terrorists, and that the US has “Over-the-Horizon capabilities” to monitor and strike terrorist groups in Afghanistan and elsewhere. However, it is unclear how the recent death of the ISIS-Khorasan leader demonstrates that the US military’s “Over-the-Horizon capabilities” have improved. The US military has rarely demonstrated its ability to disrupt terrorist networks in Afghanistan from over the horizon, and the Taliban has grown so tired of foreign drones flying through Afghanistan’s airspace that they vowed to spend more money on air defense systems.