Us Warns Of 'Specific, Credible Threat' As Biden Predicts A New Attack At Kabul Airport Is Probable In 24-36 Hours
Biden's statement comes after the US launched a drone hit in war-torn Afghanistan on Saturday, claiming to have killed an ISIS-K 'planner' in retribution for the suicide bomber attack at Kabul airport a few days prior.
President of the United States Joe Biden warned on Saturday (local time) that a fresh terror assault in Afghanistan's Kabul airport was probable in less than two days, putting the timeline for the strike at "the next 24 to 36 hours." The statement from Biden comes after the US launched a drone strike in the war-torn country earlier in the day, claiming to have killed a 'planner' of the Islamic State in Khorasan (ISIS-K) terror group in retaliation for the suicide bombing attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport that killed at least 169 Afghan civilians and 13 US service members.
On Sunday, the US embassy in Kabul issued a new warning about a "particular, serious danger" near the Kabul airport, requesting that Americans "immediately" avoid locations outside the airport gates.
"Due to a specific, credible threat, all US citizens in the vicinity of Kabul airport (HKIA), including the South (Airport Circle) gate, the new Ministry of the Interior, and the gate near the Panjshir Petrol station on the northwest side of the airport should leave the airport area immediately," the embassy said in its security alert.
Biden, issuing a press statement at the White House late on Saturday, said: "The situation on the ground continues to be extremely dangerous, and the threat of terrorist attacks on the airport remains high. Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours."
Earlier this week, on Thursday, multiple ISIS-K gunmen and a suicide bomber wreaked havoc on the Kabul airport. There were ten Marine Corps members among the dead, several of whom were in their early twenties. The United States retaliated against the Islamic State, which had claimed responsibility for the airport bombing, less than 48 hours after the strike. In retaliation, the US military launched drone attacks against an IS 'planner' who was killed in Afghanistan's Nangahar province without causing any civilian casualties, according to Pentagon accounts.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, stated on Saturday that he met with his national security team in Washington and field commanders to discuss the airstrike carried out by US forces in Afghanistan against the terrorist group ISIS-K on Friday night (local time). "I promised we'd go after the organisation guilty for the attack in Kabul on our troops and innocent civilians, and we did," Biden said in a statement.
Biden went on to say that this was far not the last strike the US was planned against the terror group and that retaliation will continue. "This isn't the last strike," he remarked. "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. That will never be in doubt."