U.S. Marines rest at an evacuation checkpoint during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021.
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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said in a statement on Saturday that his national security team had warned that an attack on Kabul airport was “very likely within the next 24 to 36 hours.”
“The situation on the ground remains extremely dangerous and the risk of terrorist attacks at the airport remains high,” Biden said, adding that he had called on US commanders to “take all possible measures to ensure the safety of the forces a priority “. Given.
The latest threat assessment comes after a US drone strike that killed two high-level ISIS operatives.
Biden said of the drone strike: “I said we will take action against the group responsible for the attack on our soldiers and innocent civilians in Kabul. “This strike was not the last,” he said. “We will continue to find and pay for anyone involved in this heinous attack,” the president said.