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President Joe Biden on Saturday (Aug 28) warned that that the situation on the ground in Afghanistan continues to be “extremely dangerous” and that an attack on the Kabul airport is “highly likely” in the next 24-36 hours.
Biden’s statement comes after U.S intelligent confirmed that two terrorists of Islamic State in Afghanistan were killed in a retaliatory drone strike carried out by U.S. military forces less than 48 hours after a suicide bombing by the group at the Kabul airport killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 American service members.
Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant--Khorasan Province (also called as IS-KP, ISIL-KP, ISIL-K or ISIS-K), the Afghan affiliate of Da'esh, had earlier taken responsibility for the heinous attack
Biden added that “despite the treacherous situation in Kabul,” the U.S. is continuing to evacuate citizens as the August 31 withdrawal deadline quickly approaches.
“Yesterday, we brought out another 6,800 people, including hundreds of Americans,” he said. “And today, we discussed the ongoing preparations to help people continue to leave Afghanistan after our military departs.”
The U.S embassy in Kabul has also asked its citizen to leave the vicinity of the airport immediately due to “a specific, credible threat” of an imminent attack.