A Possible New Attack In Kabul In The Next 24-36 Hours
US President Joe Biden warned Saturday that a new attack in Kabul within the next 24 to 36 hours is highly likely.
Washington – USA – “The situation on the ground continues to be extremely dangerous, and the threat of terrorist attacks on the airport remains high,” Biden said in a statement. “Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours.”
The U.S. military is rushing to evacuate the few remaining Americans and Afghan allies fleeing the Taliban before Tuesday’s deadline for the U.S. to complete a full military withdrawal. While roughly 350 Americans are left in Afghanistan who wish to leave, there are thousands of Afghans who worked with U.S. during the 20-year war who are still trying to get a flight out of the country.
A suicide bomber attacked a crowded checkpoint outside the Kabul airport on Thursday, killing 13 U.S. military personnel and more than 110 Afghans. U.S. military forces conducted a drone strike on Friday against ISIS-K, the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State, the terrorist group better known as ISIS, who claimed credit for the suicide bombing.
In this statement, Biden vowed to issue another retaliatory strike.
“This strike was not the last,” Biden said. “We will continue to hunt down any person involved in that heinous attack and make them pay. Whenever anyone seeks to harm the United States or attack our troops, we will respond.”
The complete withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan is scheduled for August 31, according to the announced timetable.
Today. Two targets were killed and another person was injured in a drone strike against the Islamic State affiliate ISIS-K in retaliation for the Kabul airport attack, the Pentagon says. And the Department of Defense has released the names of the U.S. troops killed in Thursday’s attack.