President Joe Biden has been warned by the commander that another terrorist attack is “very likely” to occur within the next 24-36 hours.
“The ground situation remains very dangerous and the threat of a terrorist attack on the airport remains high. Our commander told me that the attack is likely to occur within the next 24-36 hours. I’ve informed you, “said the president. statement The White House published on Saturday afternoon.
Biden said he had instructed the commander to take all possible steps to protect military personnel on the ground at Kabul Airport.
He issued a statement after meeting with Washington’s national security team and field commander on Saturday morning.
The commander’s warning message came when the country was mourning the 13 soldiers killed during a terrorist suicide bombing in Kabul.
Late August 26, local time, a bomb exploded near the monastery gate of the US-owned Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Pentagon officials said 11 Marines, one NCO, and one U.S. Army soldier were killed in the suicide bombing. At least 18 more military personnel were injured.
This death marks the first US combat-related death in Afghanistan since February 2020.
The terrorist group ISIS has argued for the attack, boasting of the suicide bombers “managing all security fortresses” set up by the US military and the Taliban.
In response to the terrorist attack, the United States launched an anti-terrorist drone attack on Friday, killing two “famous” members of the ISIS-K terrorist group.
“Yesterday, the U.S. military conducted a horizon counterterrorism operation against ISIS-K planners and facilitators,” Maj. Gen. William Taylor said at a press conference on August 28. “I can now see that two well-known ISIS targets have been killed and one injured, and I know that there are no civilian casualties,” he added.
Biden has vowed to hunt down the person who planned and carried out the attack on US personnel on August 26 and have terrorists pay.
“I think he revealed yesterday that they no longer want to live on Earth,” White House spokesman said. Jen Psaki said When she was asked to elaborate on Biden’s statement.
Lorenz Duchamps contributed to this report.