Whitehouse officials warned on Friday that another terrorist attack on Kabul Airport was “likely” before US troops left and the evacuation was completed.
Spokesperson Jen said that President Joe Biden and Vice President Harris met with Pentagon officials and members of the president’s national security team about 24 hours after Kabul Airport was bombed in an attack by the ISIS terrorist group.・ Saki said.
“They advised the President and Vice President that they are taking maximum power protection measures at Kabul Airport, although there is a possibility of another terrorist attack in Kabul,” Pusaki said Friday afternoon. .. “The next few days of this mission will be the most dangerous period ever,” she said.
“Our brave military women and men continue their historic evacuation operations,” a national security adviser reported, and the military still “airlifts thousands of people every few hours.” I reported.
“Yesterday revealed that they no longer wanted to live on Earth,” Biden said of the president’s vow to pursue the person responsible for the bombing of Kabul Airport.
Her comments reflect a similar statement made earlier in the day by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, as the Taliban (also designated as a terrorist group by several federal agencies) hijacked it. , Perhaps “thousands” of ISIS-K terrorists have escaped from several Afghan prisons. Country earlier this month.
He said US officials believed there was a “specific, credible threat” to Kabul Airport. “We look forward to future attempts at the facility,” Mr. Kirby said.
About a day ago, Biden issued a statement about the bombing, which estimated that about 200 people, including members of the US military, had died. The president said ISIS-K, or the Islamic state Korasan, would face retaliation.
“We will respond with strength and accuracy at our time, at the place we choose, and at the moment we choose,” Biden said at a news conference.
Biden, meanwhile, faces intense criticism from members of both major parties on how his administration handled the withdrawal of Afghanistan and the subsequent collapse of the Afghan government in the light of Taliban progress. .. The administration is also responsible for sending mixed messages and issuing conflicting statements regarding the security situation on the ground in Kabul.
Biden then acknowledged responsibility for the withdrawal, but he blamed the Trump administration for the outline of the withdrawal arrangement with the Taliban. However, former President Donald Trump said Biden violated some terms of the agreement, including data on the withdrawal, and said he would handle the situation differently and condition the withdrawal with military force. rice field.
The White House said Thursday that 12,500 people had fled Afghanistan in 24 hours despite the terrorist attacks. More than 100,000 people have been evacuated since the end of last month, officials said.
Regarding a military attack or operation against ISIS-K, Psaki said Friday that Biden had discussed the possibility with military leaders.
“The President reaffirms with the Commander the approval of all authorities necessary to carry out the operation and protect our troops, and believes that everything is necessary for them to do it effectively. He reported that he had the resources, “said Pusaki.