On Saturday afternoon, President Biden stated another strike is “very probable” to occur in Afghanistan within the next 24-36 hours. “Security risks” have been cited as a reason to avoid Kabul airport by the U.S. Embassy.
He added that the “situation on the ground is extremely perilous” and that “there is a very real fear of terrorist strikes on the airport.” “In the next 24 to 36 hours, our commanders told me, an attack is extremely likely. To that end, I instructed them to prioritise force protection and made sure they had all of our men’s and women’s protection powers, resources and plans at their fingertips. These people told me that they did, and that they could take these measures while still finishing the job and regrading our personnel in a safe manner.”
It is still unconfirmed and unsure that the attack might actually happen.
On Saturday morning, Mr. Biden met with his national security staff and field commanders to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, including an airstrike conducted by the United States that killed two ISIS-K members on Friday. ISIS-K attacked outside the Kabul airport the previous day, killing thirteen Americans and injuring 18. The strike came a day after that incident.
As Mr. Biden stated in his remarks, “I vowed we would go after the gang responsible for the attack on our troops and innocent civilians in Kabul, and we have,” “This was not the final strike. Those responsible for the horrible crime will be brought to justice. We will retaliate to anyone who attempts to harm the United States or attack our troops. Nothing could be further from the truth. For his leadership of that endeavour, and for his dedication to the safety of our troops in Afghanistan, I thanked General McKenzie.”
According to Obama, the United States will continue to evacuate Afghans despite the “terrorist scenario” in Kabul. As of Friday, the United States evacuated 6,800 people, Mr. Biden said, including “hundreds of Americans.”
He also paid tribute to the service members who lost their lives in the incident outside Kabul airport.
In his remarks, President Biden remarked, “The 13 service people that we lost were heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our highest American ideals while saving the lives of others.” “As a result of their bravery and selflessness, more than 117,000 persons in danger have been rescued so far. In these hazardous times, may God protect our troops and all those who stand guard.”